New Zealand’s Mumbai – born spinner Ajaz Patel called his four wickets on day 1 of the second Test against India “special” on Friday, but said the job was only half done. Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten 120 led India to 221/4 with Patel being the only wicket-taker for New Zealand on a weather-affected day. The 33-year-old Patel migrated to New Zealand with his parents in 1996 at the age of eight and represented the Kiwi senior team in 2018.
Life started a full circle for the left-arm spinner who produced figures of 4-73 from his 29 overs. “This is what dreams are made of. Being out here and going there and being able to take four wickets in the first day is pretty special,” Patel told reporters.
“At the same time, the work is only half done, so we have to show up tomorrow and work hard for the last wickets.
“It’s obviously quite proportional at the moment with India still having six wickets in hand. But we did well to get in their lineout.”
Patel hit twice in one over to get the big wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli for ducks to put India in trouble 80-3.
But Agarwal hit back with his fourth Test century and even attacked Patel on an otherwise memorable day for the spinner who played in his 11th Test match.
“The reality of Test cricket is that if you put the ball in good areas for long periods of time, you will see rewards,” said Patel.
“It was my day today and I’m very very happy to be sitting here with four wickets and I’m pretty happy about it, since it’s in my hometown at Wankhede, it’s quite special to me.”
Patel received little help from the other side with the Kiwi fast bowlers having a rare day off and fellow spinner Rachin Ravindra, who picked up a bug at the start of the day, went wicketless in his four overs.
“Poor Rachin came down with a bug this morning and he fought there throughout the day, so pretty impressive of the young man to be able to endure it and really show his character,” Patel said of his batsman in the previous game. when the two helped New Zealand to a draw.
“Tomorrow is a new day and we’re starting anew. Just about bowling in partnerships.”
The Mumbai field, which took a while to dry after two days of off-season rain in the western port city, assisted the spinners and Patel capitalized.
“As a spinner, you definitely enjoy bowling with pace and bounce and that of course offers a turn on day one,” Patel said.
“Tomorrow’s game plan is very simple. Try to limit them as much as possible. Bowl very good balls.”
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