Mumbai-born NZ spinner Ajaz makes history in his birth-city against India

Ajaz Patel

MUMBAI: New Zealand’s spinner Ajaz Patel bagged 10 wickets in an inning to become the only third Test bowler after Anil Kumble and Jim Laker to achieve this milestone in the rich 144 years history of Test cricket. 

Born in Mumbai, Ajaz returned to his birth city to register a phenomenal record of taking 10 wickets in a single inning of a Test. The last time Anil Kumble achieved this feat was in 1999 against Pakistan.

Jim Laker was the first-ever Test bowler to register this record when he bagged all 10 wickets in an inning of a Test against Australia in 1956.

Ajaz was the latest induction to the brief list of this record and the entire cricket fraternity congratulated him on this feat.

New Zealand and India are currently playing the second and last Test of the series here at Wankhede Stadium. After Ajaz’s heroics, Indian spinners put New Zealand in trouble after having them bowled out for just 62 runs in reply to their first innings total of 325 runs.

India started their second innings with a handsome lead of 263 runs. The first match of the series between the two teams was drawn.

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