Ajaz Patel on Saturday recorded history by becoming only the third bowler – after former England off-spinner Jim Laker and former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble – to pick all 10 wickets in an innings in Test cricket when he single-handedly bowled India out during the first innings.
India declared their second innings at 276/7, out of which Ajaz Patel took 4 wickets in the second innings.
He completed the game with bowling figures of 14/225, overtaking Ian Botham for the best bowling figures in a Test match versus India. Botham registered 13/106 match figures in Mumbai in 1980. This was also the best Test match bowling figures at Wankhede.
Sir Richard Hadlee congratulates Ajaz Patel for claiming best bowling figures by a New Zealand bowler
Legendary New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee also congratulated Ajaz Patel on his incredible first innings 10-wicket haul with which the spinner also broke Hadlee’s record of the best bowling figures by a New Zealand bowler in a Test innings. Hadlee had taken 9/52 versus Australia in 1985.
Hadlee heaped praise on Ajaz Patel for achieving this rare bowling feat in Mumbai, his city of birth.
“Congratulations to Ajaz on a superb bowling performance. It was a delight to watch; a well deserved reward, and a great moment for him, New Zealand cricket, and world cricket. To be in the great company of Jim Laker and Anil Kumble is very special indeed. Good luck to him and the team in the second innings,” said Hadlee in an official statement released by New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
Anil Kumble had claimed all 10 wickets in a single innings against Pakistan in the second Test in Delhi in 1999.
Jim Laker recorded this feat in the 1956 Ashes Test in Manchester. Indeed, Laker snared up 19 wickets in that game, and still remains the bowler with most wickets in a Test match.