New Zealand left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel on Saturday scripted history as he became just the third bowler to take a 10-wicket haul in Test cricket. The 33-year-old achieved his best bowling figures in Test against India during the second Test at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The Mumbai-born cricketer joined Jim Laker and Anil Kumble in the elite list of bagging 10 wickets in an innings in Test.
Ajaz Patel is in some elite company now! 😎— SportsAdda (@sportsadda_) December 4, 2021
Once in a generation performance by the Mum'boy'! 🌟#AjazPatel #INDvNZ #Ajaz pic.twitter.com/qy9cvRbJVy
Having already claimed four wickets on Day 1 of the second Test, Patel picked six more on Day 2 of the Mumbai Test to end with figures of 10/119 in his 47.5 overs.
Interestingly, all the three bowlers to pick a 10-wicket haul in Test cricket are spinners. While England’s Jim Laker bagged 10 wickets in an innings against Australia at Manchester in 1956, India’s Anil Kumble was the last bowler to scalp a 10-wicket haul against arch-rivals Pakistan in Delhi in 1999.
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
After his 10-wicket haul on Saturday, Ajaz registered the best bowling figures by a New Zealand bowler in Test cricket. The previous best by a Kiwi bowler was recorded by the legendary Richard Headley against Australia in 1985.
Patel’s figures of 10/119 is also the best bowling figures by a visiting spinner in India. It is also the best bowling figures in a Test innings against India.
Best bowling figures in Test cricket
|Jim Laker||England||Australia||51.2||53||10||Manchester||26 Jul 1956|
|Anil Kumble||India||Pakistan||26.3||74||10||Delhi||4 Feb 1999|
|Ajaz Patel||New Zealand||India||47.5||119||10||Mumbai||3 Dec 2021|
|George Lohmann||England||South Africa||14.2x5||28||9||Johannesburg||2 Mar 1896|
|Jim Laker||England||Australia||16.4||37||9||Manchester||26 Jul 1956|
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