New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel has become only the third bowler to pick up all 10 wickets in an innings in international cricket, achieving the feat against India in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium.
- Ajaz Patel’s 10-119 is now the third best set of bowling figures in Test history
- Anil Kumble, the most recent player to take all 10 wickets in an innings, tweeted “welcome to the club”
- Patel dismissed both Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli for ducks
Mumbai-born left-armer Ajaz, whose parents emigrated to New Zealand in 1996, added six wickets to the four he took on the first day on Friday to finish with figures of 10-119.
The 33-year-old joined England off-spinner Jim Laker (1956 against Australia) and India leg-spinner Anil Kumble (1999 against Pakistan) in picking up all wickets in an innings.
Patel is playing in his 11th Test. In his previous 10, he had taken just 29 wickets across 18 innings but now has 39 in 19.
Ajaz now boasts the third best figures in Test cricket history, behind Laker’s 10-53 and Kumble’s 10-74.
On day one he dismissed Indian stars Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in the same over, both for ducks.
Ajaz, who started his career as a fast bowler, extracted sharp turn and bounce from the pitch and carried the New Zealand bowling on his shoulders to restrict the hosts’ first innings total to 325.
After picking up the wickets of Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin in his first over on Saturday, the stocky spinner returned after the lunch interval to take the remaining four to wrap up India’s innings.
As Rachin Ravindra pouched a skier from India’s number 11 Mohammed Siraj to confirm the fall of the final wicket, Ajaz went down on one knee with a clenched fist before being hugged by his team mates.
He also received a standing ovation from the Indian team in the dressing room and the sparse crowd at the ground overlooking the Arabian Sea.
While Ajaz dominated the proceedings with the ball, it was Mayank Agarwal who scored the bulk of the runs for the hosts on the tricky surface.
Agarwal reached 150 with a cut shot off Ajaz but was caught behind on the next delivery. All-rounder Axar Patel provided able support with a knock of 52, his maiden test half century.