To be born here in Mumbai then come back and achieve something like this is pretty special: Ajaz Patel after Joins Perfect 10 Club – Latest Cricket News

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Indian-origin New Zealand spinner Ejaz Patel has created history by taking 10 wickets in an innings of Test cricket. Born in Mumbai, Ejaz achieved this feat in the first innings of the second and final Test of the ongoing two-match Test series against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Ejaz conceded 119 runs in 47.5 overs with 12 maidens and took all 10 wickets in the innings. Ejaz has now become the third bowler in the world to take 10 wickets in an innings of Test cricket. Before him, India’s Anil Kumble and England’s Jim Laker took 10 wickets in an innings. After creating history by taking 10 wickets in an innings of Test cricket, Ajaz Patel has given a big statement. He has said that it is very special for me to be born here in Mumbai and then come back and achieve such a feat after that.

Ajaz Patel said after single-handedly ending India’s first innings, ‘It’s very real. I don’t think you ever believe you’re going to achieve anything like this. To be born here in Mumbai and then to come back and achieve something like that, as well as achieve something like this, is very special to me. It is wonderful for me to be included in the list of legends like Anil Kumble sir and I never dreamed of that.

33-year-old spinner Ejaz was born in Mumbai. He lived in Jogeshwari, Mumbai till the age of eight. In the year 1996, he shifted to New Zealand with his father Yunus Patel and mother Shahnaz Patel. After shifting to New Zealand 12000 km away, Ajaz did not even know that he would fulfill his dream after 25 years. After leaving his friends in India and moving to New Zealand, Ejaz was admitted to the cricket club by his uncle and aunt. Before that, he used to play cricket in the street in India in Mumbai as well. At that time, he did not even know that he would one day create history in this city.

Before Ejaz, the record for taking 10 wickets in an innings in the history of Test cricket was first held by Jim Laker of England. He took 10 wickets in an innings of the Manchester Test against Australia in 1956. This record of Laker was equaled by Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble in 1999. Kumble had dismissed all 10 batsmen in an innings in the Test match played against Pakistan in Delhi. Laker took 10 wickets for 53 runs in 51.2 overs. At the same time, Kumble took 10 wickets for 74 runs in 26.3 overs against Pakistan in Delhi in February 1999.



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