Ajaz Patel has become just the third bowler in cricket history to take all 10 wickets to fall in a test innings after taking 10-119 for New Zealand against India in Mumbai, the city where he was born.
Jim Laker, for England against Australia in 1956, and Anil Kumble, for India against Pakistan in 1999, were the only bowlers to have previously taken all 10 wickets in a test innings.
The 33-year-old Patel took four wickets on day one and added another six on day two – two in his first over of the day and another four after lunch, as India was dismissed for 325 in the series-deciding test at Wankhede Stadium.
The first test ended in a draw.
Left-armer Patel, whose parents emigrated to New Zealand in 1996, added a six-wicket haul to the four he took yesterday to reach his incredible milestone.
The history-matching moment arrived when tailender Mohammed Siraj edged a slog-sweep through to Rachin Ravindra from another of Patel’s searing deliveries.
He also made Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja walk for ducks, and got out Mayank Agarwal after his impressive 150, as well as Axar Patel for 52.
Incredible achievement as Ajaz Patel picks up all 10 wickets in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2021
Ravindra’s catch, which held on to Siraj’s skier, saw a jubilant Patel let out a roar of ecstasy, and he was also applauded by the crowd and India’s dressing room.
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Patel was able to join the incredibly exclusive club by rattling through India’s order in the first session, taking wickets with successive balls to move towards a hat-trick.
However, Agarwal – the overnight batsman – steadied the ship by scoring 150 and helped his team edge closer to a competitive overall total.
But it was Patel who unsurprisingly struck again to end the promising 67-run stand between Agarwal and Patel, and he soon dismissed the latter leg-before.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) December 4, 2021
Kumble, one of two other men to have recorded the same feat, tweeted a message of congratulations for Patel after his 10th wicket fell.
Patel capped off a superb week with his second Test heroics, having also been part of a bullish rearguard effort which helped New Zealand take a draw in the first tie.
The current match in Mumbai, his place of birth, is the last of a two-match series and a repeat of the thrilling World Test Championship final in June.Internet Explorer Channel Network