MUMBAI: Mumbai-born left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel on Saturday entered the record books as he became only the third bowler in the 144-year-old history of Test cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings on the second day of the second Test against India here.
Patel, who had migrated to New Zealand with his parents back in 1996, ended the Indian innings with figures of 47.5-12-119-10 to equal England great Jim Laker and Indian legend Anil Kumble, who had achieved the rarest of rare feat in Test cricket.
The 33-year-old Patel, who is playing in his 11th Test, had only two five wicket hauls and a best match haul of seven wickets before Saturday’s feat.
He bowled four separate spells of 24-10-57-4, 5-0-16-0, 6-0-16-2, 12.5-2-30-4 and got his 10th and final wicket in the form of Mohammed Siraj, who tried a slog and was caught by another player of Indian origin Rachin Ravindra.
Patel got a standing ovation from the team as the umpires handed him the coveted ball while leading his team off the field.
Incidentally, Patel is the second player after Douglas Jardine, who has played against India in his city of birth.
“The stars have aligned for me to do it in Mumbai,” Ajaz Patel said after achieving the rare feat of scalping all 10 batters in an innings at the city of his birth.
The 33-year-old Patel had migrated to New Zealand from Mumbai with his parents back in 1996.
“Honestly, it’s surreal and to be able to do that in my career is pretty special. The stars have aligned for me to do it in Mumbai,” Patel said after his feat.
Ajaz went on to perform a sajdah after achieving the 10-wicket haul.
“Quite a special occasion for me and not just me but my family. Unfortunately for me, they’re not here because of Covid. I’m in very illustrious company with Kumble sir as well.”
Asked which scalp out of the 10 was special, he said, “Not anyone in particular and just trying to be repetitive and ask questions of batters.”
India is in a commanding position at the end of day 2 after bowling New Zealand out for 62 runs in 28.1 overs. The Kiwis trail India (who made 325 in their first innings) by 263 runs.
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