IND vs NZ: Ajaz Patel finished with 14 wickets in both innings against India.© AFP
After becoming only the third player in the history of Test cricket to claim all 10 wickets in an innings, Ajaz Patel continued his impressive performance Day 3 of the second Test match against India in Mumbai. Patel turned down four Indian batsmen in the second innings as he finished with match figures of 14 wickets for 225 runs. The staggering figures surpassed English pacemaker Ian Botham’s record of most wickets against India in a Test match. Botham led the list with 13 wickets for 106 runs, which he claimed in 1980. Ajaz Patel’s left arm turn hampered the Indian batsmen who could not choose his clever pace changes.
The Mumbai-born spinner has beaten people like Australia’s Steve O’Keefe who scored 12-70 in a Test in 2021.
Pakistan’s Fazal Mahmood, pacers Andy Roberts, Alan Davidson, Bruce Reid, Allan Donald, Geoff DyMock made up the rest of the list, all claiming 12 wickets in a Test against India on separate occasions.
Ajaz now sits at the top of the tree after a breathtaking performance in the second Test.
On day 2, Ajaz followed in the footsteps of Jim Laker’s 10 wickets in the 1956 Ashes Test against Australia and Anil Kumble’s exceptional performance of a 10 wickets against Pakistan in Delhi in 1999.
In addition to Ajaz, Rachin Ravindra took three wickets when Virat Kohli declared the Indian innings at 276 for the loss of seven wickets. Mayank Agarwal once again showed his class at the top of the innings when he finished as the leading scorer with a brilliant stroke of 62 runs.
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