Ajaz Patel
Ajaz Patel (Image: Twitter)

New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel donated his “10-wicket ball” to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) museum after the completion of the second Test between India and New Zealand.

A couple of weeks ago, Ajaz entered history books as he became only the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to take all ten wickets in an innings. Only Jim Laker (1956) and Anil Kumble (1999) had managed to achieve the incredible feat before.

Ajaz Patel
(Image: Twitter)

MCA President, Vijay Patil, thanked Ajaz for the gesture and said that it will have a special place in their museum. “What he achieved at the Wankhede Stadium was something completely phenomenal. And the fact that he did at our iconic stadium just gives us another memory to savour from this historic ground,” Patil told PTI.

“Ajaz Patel’s Mumbai roots made it extra special for us” – Vijay Patil

Ajaz was born in Mumbai but moved to New Zealand, where he started out as a pace bowler. He switched to spin bowling and developed pretty well but had to wait for his opportunity. Now at 33-years-old, Ajaz has become the Kiwis’ frontline spinner in the longest format.

Ajaz Patel
Ajaz Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)

The fact that he traces his roots back to Mumbai made it extra special for us. He was gracious, once the feat was achieved, he generously gave us the cricket ball, by which he took those 10 wickets, so that is something that we greatly value and it will occupy pride of palace in our MCA museum,” Patil added.

The MCA President also believes that the museum will inspire the youth and preserve Mumbai’s heritage. India won the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede and a few moments from that memorable event is also expected to be engraved in the museum.

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