There are few wonders in the game of cricket and one such wonder is 10 wickets in an innings for a particular bowler. It has only happened three times in the long history of cricket and one of those happened on this day when the Kiwi spinner Ajaz Patel picked up 10 wickets against India in Mumbai.
It was a fairytale for Ajaz Patel as he came back to the city of his birth, Mumbai, and delivered the performance of a lifetime. In the second match of the test series India batted first and scored 325 runs in the first innings. All the wickets in the first innings were taken by the left-arm orthodox Ajaz Patel.
India got off to a good start but Patel gave the first breakthrough to New Zealand by dismissing Shubman Gill. A couple of overs later he sent back Cheteshwar Pujara to raise the concerns for India. He did not stop there and got the better of the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, to reduce India to 80/3. It was a great comeback for New Zealand after a solid start from the Indian openers.
Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas stitched an 80-run partnership to rescue India from the crisis. Ajaz Patel once again hit back when he beat Shreyas Iyer to catch him behind the wicket. The left-arm spinner managed to take more wickets but because there was no assistance from the other end New Zealand could not capitalize on the early breakthroughs.
Later in the innings, Ajaz dismissed Axar Patel who had completed his half-century and his dismissal helped New Zealand restrict India for 325 runs. The Kiwis could not win the match in the end but Ajaz Patel’s bowling performance was a major highlight for them. With this sensational spell, Ajaz etched his name in the history books of cricket till this game lives on.