MUMBAI, India (AP) — Ajaz Patel became just the third bowler in cricket history to take all 10 wickets in a test innings after taking 10-119 for New Zealand against India on Saturday in Mumbai, the city where he was born.
Jim Laker, for England against Australia in 1956, and Anil Kumble, for India against Pakistan in 1999, were the only bowlers to have previously taken all 10 wickets in a test innings.
“To be honest, it’s pretty surreal, I don’t think you ever believe you are going to achieve something like that,” Patel said. “To be able to do that in my career is pretty special.”
The 33-year-old Patel took four wickets on day one and added another six on day two — two in his first over of the day and another four after lunch, as India was dismissed for 325 in the series-deciding test at Wankhede Stadium.
“It’s just about finding good rhythm and just being repetitive, asking good questions of the batters,” Patel said.
Patel is playing in his 11th test. In his previous 10, he had taken just 29 wickets across 18 innings, but now has 39 in 19.
“Welcome to the club #AjazPatel #Perfect10 Well bowled!” Kumble said in a tweet.
Patel said he’s in “very illustrious company” to be alongside Laker and Kumble in the history books.
“I guess the stars have aligned for me to have an occasion like that here in Mumbai, to be born here and then come back here and achieve something like that is pretty special,” he said.
New Zealand was in a precarious position at tea, having collapsed to 38-6 in reply to India’s 325.
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