New Zealand’s 33 – year-old spinner Ajaz Patel has become only the third bowler in history of Test cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings. His sensational spell helped Kiwis to bundle India out for 325 in the first innings on Day 2 of the 2nd Test at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Saturday.
He bowled a marathon spell of 47.5 overs and had figures of 10/ 119 runs to make place for himself in the annals of history and emulates Jim Laker and Anil Kumble in reaching the landmark.
As soon as Patel took his tenth wicket, India’s senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin stood up and the crowd gave him a standing ovation
Incredible achievement as Ajaz Patel picks up all 10 wickets in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test.
He becomes the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to achieve this feat.#INDvNZ @Paytm pic.twitter.com/5iOsMVEuWq
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2021
Jim Laker claimed the feat first in 1956 and India’s Anil Kumble bagged in the in 1999 against Pakistan In feroz shah Kotla stadium Delhi.
Anil Kumble welcomed Ajaz to the club with his tweet
Welcome to the club #AjazPatel #Perfect10 Well bowled! A special effort to achieve it on Day1 & 2 of a test match. #INDvzNZ
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) December 4, 2021
VVS Laxman too tweeted his congratulations s he wrote, Sensational! Just sensational!! To take all 10 wickets in a Test innings is the stuff dreams are made of. Take a bow, Ajaz Patel, you are in the elite company of Jim Laker and Anil kumble. And to do it in the city of your birth, wow!!
Sensational! Just sensational!! To take all 10 wickets in a Test innings is the stuff dreams are made of. Take a bow, Ajaz Patel, you are in the elite company of Jim Laker and Anil kumble. And to do it in the city of your birth, wow!! pic.twitter.com/iA6biAC4gz
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 4, 2021
What his more special was that Patel achieved the feat in the city he was born . He emigrated with his family when he was eight years old to New Zealand , and was formerly a left-arm seam bowler.