New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel created history as he took all 10 wickets in an innings against India to enter an elite club. Ajaz’s heroics helped New Zealand bundle out India for 325 in their first innings. Ajaz bowled a marathon spell of 47.5 overs and ended with figures of 119-10.
Patel thus became only the third bowler after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble to achieve the feat. He also registered the record of best bowling figures in a Test inning against India, surpassing Jack Noreiga, who took 9/95 in Port of Spain in 1971. He now holds the record of best figures by a visiting spinner in India. The record was previously held by Nathan Lyon, who had taken 8/50 in 2017.
Speaking about the Indian innings, none of the batters, barring Mayank Agarwal and Axar Patel could resist Ajaz Patel. Mayank Agarwal scored a magnificent 150, while Axar Patel made a crucial 52 to help India post a decent total. Earlier, Shubman Gill had made a crucial contribution of 44 runs to give India a solid start.
However, senior batters Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli failed to contribute to the teams’ cause. Both Kohli and Pujara were dismissed for 0. Here are the Twitter reactions.
Ajaz Patel enters a very elite club. Massive, massive achievement!!! 🙌🏽👍🏽🙏
— KSR (@KShriniwasRao) December 4, 2021
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) 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
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) December 4, 2021
Genuinely tearing up @AjazP unreal how proud I am of you brother
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) December 4, 2021
Ajaz Patel, just wow. All 10 wickets. Incredible, just INCREDIBLE!! pic.twitter.com/B4m6pf8IEz
— Sandeep Lamichhane (@Sandeep25) December 4, 2021
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 4, 2021
10 wickets in an innings !! 😳 Truly amazing , well done Ajaz Patel 👏🏻👏🏻
— Shardul Thakur (@imShard) December 4, 2021
One of the toughest things to do in the game of cricket. To have an entire team in your kitty in an innings is too good to be true. Simply unreal. Well done young man – Ajaz Patel #INDvzNZ #AjazPatel pic.twitter.com/M81eUeSrX4
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) December 4, 2021