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Ajaz Patel Creates History, Becomes 3rd Bowler in Test Cricket to Claim All 10 Wickets in an Innings

On day two of the second Test in Mumbai, left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel became only the third bowler in history to take all ten wickets in an innings.

Ajaz Patel Creates History, Becomes 3rd Bowler in Test Cricket to Claim All 10 Wickets in an Innings

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 Dec 2021 10:22 AM GMT

In the current second India-New Zealand Test in Mumbai, Ajaz Patel who plays New Zealand set a new record by taking all ten wickets in the first innings.

The left-arm spinner who emigrated from Mumbai with his family when he was eight years old, bowled 10/119 to join England's Jim Laker and India's Anil Kumble as the only spinners to achieve this feat.

Patel debuted in the 2015–16 Ford Trophy on December 27, 2015. With 43 dismissals during the 2015–16 Plunket Shield season, he set a new record for most wickets taken. With 44 dismissals the next season, he became the leading wicket-taker.

At the New Zealand Cricket Awards in April 2018, Patel was named Men's Domestic Player of the Year.

With 48 dismissals in nine matches, he finished the 2017–18 Plunket Shield season as the top wicket-taker. He was signed by Central Districts for the 2018–19 season in June 2018.

After claiming each one of the four Indian wickets that fell on the first day of the Mumbai Test, Ajaz Patel continued his heroics on Day 2 by casting the following six and finishing with a flawless ten. After England's Jim Laker versus Australia in Manchester in 1956 and India's Anil Kumble versus Pakistan in Delhi in 1999, he became the third bowler in 144 years of Test cricket to reach this landmark.

Earlier in the very day, Ajaz bowled Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin off consecutive deliveries, with the latter indicating for a review after already being bowled with a peach.

Mayank Agarwal (150) and Axar Patel (52) put up 67 for the seventh wicket before the left-arm spinner struck again, taking the final four wickets, including Mohammed Siraj's. India's innings was dismissed for 325.

Ajaz finished with a batting average of 10/119 after bowling 47.5 overs out of 109.5 overs, 12 of which have been maidens.

After Sir Richard Hadlee's 9/52 versus Australia in Brisbane in 1985, his 10/119 is the greatest bowling figures for a New Zealand bowler in a Test innings. After West Indies' Jack Noreiga's 9/95 at Port of Spain in 1971, Ajaz has become the second bowler to take nine or more wickets in an innings against India.


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