New Zealand spinner Aijaz Patel created history on the second day of the second Test between India and New Zealand. He achieved the feat of taking all 10 wickets in India’s innings at his birthplace Mumbai on Saturday. After doing this feat, Ejaz said that he was destined to do this in Mumbai only. The 33-year-old Patel, who moved to New Zealand from Mumbai with his parents in 1996, took ten wickets for 119 runs in 47.5 overs in India’s first innings.
He equaled the likes of England’s Jim Laker and India’s Anil Kumble, who achieved rare feats in Test cricket. Patel said after this achievement, “To be honest, it is like a dream and it is very special to achieve this feat in my career. It was only in my luck that I achieved this feat in Mumbai itself. This is a very special occasion for me, not only for me but also for my family. It is my misfortune that he is not here with me due to COVID-19. With this, I join Kumble sir in this stupendous achievement.
Asked which of the 10 wickets he took was special, he said, “Nobody special, just trying to bowl like that.”