Ravichandran Ashwin in action on Day 2 of the second Test against New Zealand© AFP
Ajaz Patel was a name on every cricket fan’s lips on Saturday and the chances are high that it will probably stay the same through the weekend. The Mumbai-born New Zealand left-arm spinner has already won 10 wickets in India’s first innings on Day 2 of the second Test match at Wankhede Stadium and becomes only the third bowler after England’s Jim Laker and India’s Anil Kumble in the history of cricket to achieve the spectacular performance. Like many, Indian looser Ravichandran Ashwin was overwhelmed by Patel’s heroic deeds.
Ashwin, who took four wickets in the final session to help India bowl out New Zealand for 62 – the lowest Test total on Indian soil – said Patel had joined an elite club that “99 per cent of the bowler who escapes playing the game. “
“Well done to joining a club that eludes 99 percent of the bowlers who play the match Ajaz Patel 10 in an innings is the stuff of dreams,” Ashwin posted on his official Koo handle.
Patel, who got all of India’s four wickets on Day 1, took another six wickets to become the first New Zealand bowler to hit a 10-point lead in an innings. Patel’s figures of 10 for 119 are now the best ever by any bowler in India.
“Honestly, it’s surreal and being able to do it in my career is pretty special. The stars have aligned me to do it in Mumbai,” Patel said after his performance.
“Quite a special occasion for me and not just for me but my family. Unfortunately for me they are not here because of COVID. I am also in very glorious company with Kumble sir.”
Asked which scalp out of the 10 was special, he said: “Not someone in particular and just try to be repetitive and ask questions about batsmen.”
On stumps on Day 2, India reached 69 for no loss in their second innings, with a lead of 332 runs.
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