The Sun has risen from the right way in Mumbai for Ajaz Patel on both the days of 2nd test at Wankhede Stadium, who has given an unrealistic performance by taking all 10 Indian wickets by himself and became the only 3rd bowler in the history of test cricket to do so after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble.
🔹 Jim Laker
🔹 Anil Kumble
🔹 Ajaz Patel
— ICC (@ICC) December 4, 2021
This has been quite an inspirational journey for a Mumbai born Patel who fled to Auckland, started his cricketing career as a seamer, was a net bowler in Mumbai Indians camp and here he is now writing his legacy with golden performance in the land of some greats like Tendulkar and Gavaskar.
Patel was the best kiwi bowler on the 1st day also took all 4 wickets as India were 221-4 overnight, with the centurion Mayank Agarwal was batting at 120* alongside Wriddhiman Saha.
Well, Patel didn’t take too much time to sprinkle his magic and quickly dismissed both Saha and Ashwin in the very 2nd over of the day and showed his instincts that he’s not gonna sit around and watch the Indian batting score easily as Mayank and Axar were looking a bit comfortable against the other bowlers.
Patel then provided another beauty to get better of the star of the Indian innings Mayank Agarwal in just the 2nd over after the lunch break. Axar Patel in between reached his maiden test half-century before falling prey to Patel, trying to nullify the delivery with a pad but was caught plumb after captain Latham challenged the not-out decision from the Umpire.
7 for Ajaz Patel in Mumbai!
This time the big wicket of Mayank Agarwal the ball after his 150 – ct behind by Blundull. Patel joins Stephen Boock, Dan Vettori & Mark Craig as the only NZ spinners to take 7 in an innings. India 291-7. Live scoring | https://t.co/tKeqyLOL9D #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/wTtrm37SWl
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 4, 2021
With this unbelievable bowling figure of 10/119, Patel showed his tough character who bowled his heart out by bowling 47.5 overs in the innings and has featured himself in history books of cricket.
Patel now has the best bowling figures in a test inning by any bowler at the birthplace, before was the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan who took 9/51 in Kandy in 2002.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) December 4, 2021
Incredible achievement as Ajaz Patel picks up all 10 wickets in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2021
Social media has erupted in praising this piece of appreciation from Ajaz Patel who surely will be delighted after this performance, as New Zealand restricted India for 325 in their 1st innings.