Ajaz Patel on Saturday became the third bowler in the history of the game to pick up all ten wickets in an innings in the longest format.
The Mumbai born Kiwi spinner joined the perfect 10 wicket club along with Anil Kumble and Jim Laker. Patel who was born in Mumbai has played a lot of cricket in the Wankhede Stadium before moving to New Zealand.
Patel scalped all the ten wickets in Team India’s first innings. His figures were 10/119 in 47.5 overs with 12 maiden overs. The left arm spinner picked up four on Day 1 and took the remaining six on Day 6.
Ajaz Patel achieved this feat in the final ball of the 48th over of the game by removing Mohammad Siraj. Ajaz restricted India to 325 runs in the 1st innings. Mayank Agarwal scored his fourth test century as he smashed 150 runs. The right-handed batsmen smashed 17 fours, 4 sixes and played a total of 311 deliveries.
Towards the end, left arm spinner Axar Patel scored a half century which helped Team India reach to this mammoth total.
Ajaz broke multiple records in the ongoing Mumbai test. He became the first Kiwi bowler to pick five or more wickets in the 1st innings of a game against India. He became the only Kiwi bowler to pick up 9 or more wickets in an innings.
While the team were returning to the pavilion after Ajaz’s created history, several Indian cricketers were seen congratulating the 33-year-old along with Ravichandran Ashwin.
The cricket fraternity congratulated the work of the 33-year-old Patel.
Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble who also achieved this feat congratulated Ajaz Patel for joining the perfect 10 wicket club. He added that it is a very special thing to achieve in the first two days of a test match.
Jim Laker was the first cricketer to take a 10-wicket haul in an innings. He did it way back in 1956 against Australia. He leaked only 53 runs and achieved this milestone.
43 years later in 1999, Anil Kumble became the second cricketer to achieve this feat. The leg spinner achieved this feat against Pakistan leaking only 74 runs.
And now Ajaz Patel became the third player to achieve this milestone in the 144-year history of test cricket.