Ajaz Patel became only third cricketer to take all 10 wickets in an innings, after Jim Laker and Indian legend Anil Kumble. Patel, who was born in Mumbai, completed the full circle when he took all 10 wickets in India’s first innings and etched his name in the history books at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.
Ajaz Patel bowled like a champion throughout the Indian innings and caused problems for every Indian batter on a good wicket at the Wankhede Stadium. Ajaz started with Shubman Gills wicket and dismissed India’s fast bowler Mohammed Siraj to complete an unbelievable 10-wicket haul on Day 2 at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.
When Patel took 7 wickets, there was massive excitement and anxiety in the air as people started thinking “Can he take 10 wickets?”
But he did it. Ajaz Patel bowled 47.5 overs in the innings, including 12 maidens and conceding 119 runs. And took all 10 wickets.
Patel’s stunning achievement has made him a hero among cricket fans across the world and what he has achieved will be talked about for generations to come. Former Indian captain Anil Kumble, who’s the second cricketer ever to take 10 wickets an innings, posted a special message for Ajaz Patel and welcome him to the elite club of cricketers who have taken 10 wickets in an innings.
Anil Kumble mentioned that it is a spectacular achievement and the fact that Ajaz did on Day 1 and Day 2 of the Test match, makes it even more special.
Check out Anil Kumble’s tweet for Ajaz Patel here:
“Welcome to the club Ajaz Patel. Perfect 10. Well bowled. A special effort to achieve it on Day 1 and Day 2 of a Test match.”
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) December 4, 2021
Ajaz 10/119 bettered Kiwi legend Sir Richard Hadlee’s 1985 record of 9/52 in Brisbane to become the best figures by a New Zealand bowler in the history Test cricket.