Ajaz Patel claimed all 10 wickets as New Zealand bowled out India for 325 on the second day of the second Test in Mumbai.
The left-arm spinner, playing in the city of his birth, became only the third bowler to accomplish the feat in Test cricket after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble as he recorded figures of 10 for 119.
“It is obviously quite a special occasion for me and my family,” Patel said afterwards in an interview broadcast by Sky Sports. “It’s pretty surreal.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) December 4, 2021
“I don’t think you ever believe you can achieve something like this. To be able to do it in my career is pretty special. I’m in very illustrious company.
“I think, by the grace of God, I am very fortunate that the stars have aligned to have an occasion like this in Mumbai. To be born here and then come back to achieve something like this is pretty special.”
Former India spinner Kumble was quick to pay tribute, tweeting: “Welcome to the club #AjazPatel #Perfect10 Well bowled! A special effort to achieve it on Day1 & 2 of a test match”
Patel, 33, bowled 47.5 overs during the innings, more than twice as many as anyone else in the side.
10 for 119 off 47.5 overs! Ajaz Patel becomes just the 3rd man ever to take 10 wickets in a Test innings & the first Kiwi, bettering Sir Richard Hadlee’s 9-52 in Brisbane in 1985. India all out for 325. Live scoring | https://t.co/tKeqyLOL9D #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/ZRbgvMY3Z0
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The key wicket was that of opener Mayank Agarwal, who was the seventh man to fall for 150. Axar Patel added 52.
New Zealand’s reply stumbled to 38 for six by the tea interval, Mohammed Siraj taking three for 19.