10 wickets in an innings! New Zealand's Ajaz Patel third bowler in Test cricket to achieve the feat
New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel third bowler in Test history to take 10 wickets in innings, following India's Anil Kumble and England's Jim Laker; Patel takes all India wickets in his birth city of Mumbai - only for New Zealand to then crumble to 62 all out in reply to India's score of 325
Last Updated: 04/12/21 1:47pm
New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel became the third bowler in Test history to take 10 wickets in an innings as he dismissed India in his birth city of Mumbai.
Left-armer Patel - who emigrated with his family as a child - matched the feat of India off-spinner Anil Kumble against Pakistan in Delhi in 1999 and England off-spinner Jim Laker against Australia at Old Trafford in 1956.
Patel's milestone moment came when India tailender Mohammed Siraj top-edged a slog-sweep to Rachin Ravindra on the second afternoon of the second Test at Wankhede Stadium.
Patel finished with 10-119 from 47.5 overs as India were all out for 325 in 109.5 overs in their first innings - before New Zealand were skittled for just 62 in 28.1 overs in reply to concede a first-innings deficit of 263, which India increased to 332 by stumps.
Siraj (3-19) dismissed three of the top four Black Caps batters, including Ross Taylor (1), while Ravichandran Ashwin snared 4-8 as only Tom Latham (10) and Kyle Jamieson (17) reached double figures.
Mayank Agarwal (38no) and Cheteshwar Pujara (39no) guided India to 69-0 at the close, with the hosts now well on course to win the game and take the two-match series 1-0.
Patel: The stars aligned for me
Patel's first-innings victims included Virat Kohli, Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin for ducks, as well as top-scorer Agarwal (150) and namesake Axar Patel (52).
Speaking after his 10-wicket haul, Patel said: "It is pretty surreal. I don't think you ever really believe that you are going to achieve something like that, so to do it is pretty special. I am in illustrious company.
"I think I am very fortunate. The stars have aligned for me to have an occasion like that here in Mumbai, the place I was born. It was quite a special occasion for me and my family.
"It was about finding good rhythm and being repetitive, asking good questions of the batters."
England and Kent wicketkeeper-batter Sam Billings told Sky Sports News: "I don't think people realise how hard this is, especially in India.
"These guys play spin so well so to go over to their own backyard, on what is a notoriously good batting pitch, is an incredible achievement. It's truly amazing and he is a great guy so everyone will be chuffed for him."
Patel spins out India
The 33-year-old picked up four wickets one day one - Shubman Gill (44) caught at slip, Pujara bowled, Kohli pinned lbw and Shreyas Iyer (18) caught behind - as India closed on 221-4.
Patel then snared the final six wickets on day two, starting when he had India wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha (27) trapped lbw with a ball that skidded on in the first over of the morning.
Ashwin was out next delivery, bowled off stump by a beauty that spun just enough to pass the bat, as India slipped to 224-6.
Agarwal then departed shortly after reaching 150 for the third time in Tests as Patel had him caught behind to leave India 291-7 and the bowler sensing a 10-wicket haul.
Axar - who added 67 with Agarwal for the eighth wicket - become Patel's eighth victim when he was out leg before following a successful New Zealand review.
When Jayant Yadav (12) holed out to long-off, Patel was on the brink of history and there were then wild celebrations when the bowler dismissed Siraj to join the illustrious 10-wicket club.
'That's the most amazing thing I've ever seen' - Twitter reaction
That’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen!! Ajaz Patel….what a phenomenal performance— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) December 4, 2021
Ajaz Patel,,,,10fer in an innings👏👏👏👏. That is the stuff of childhood dreams.— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) December 4, 2021
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
10 wickets in an innings !! 😳 Truly amazing , well done Ajaz Patel 👏🏻👏🏻— Shardul Thakur (@imShard) December 4, 2021
Who is Ajaz Patel?
- Left Mumbai for New Zealand as an eight-year-old
- Picked up 29 wickets in his first 10 Tests, including two five-wicket hauls
- Bagged 5-59 in the second innings of his debut Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2018
- Batted out 23 deliveries in the first Test against India to help New Zealand earn a draw