Ajaz Patel
Ajaz Patel (Image: Twitter)

New Zealand spin bowler Ajaz Patel said that his switch from fast bowling to being a spinner was a great choice in his career.

New Zealand lost the second Test by 372 runs on Monday in Mumbai and hence they also lost the two-match series 0-1.

Ajaz Patel enters the record books with his historic 10-for against India

But Ajaz, who was born in Mumbai, created a mesmerising moment for him as he picked all ten wickets of India in the first innings. He became the third bowler in history to achieve the milestone after India’s Anil Kumble and late England player Jim Laker.

However, had he continued to use pace bowling, Patel might have not achieved the feat. It was his Auckland U-19 coach and former New Zealand spinner Dipak Patel who asked to bowl spin and from there on things started changing for him.

Ajaz Patel
Ajaz Patel (Image: Twitter)

I really don’t have the height of a fast bowler: Ajaz 

Ajaz admitted that his spell of 10/119 was special at Wankhede and also lauded the decision of shifting to spin bowling.

“It’s been a very special outing for me. It was always a dream to play here at Wankhede and to achieve something like this is not only special for me but for my family as well,” Ajaz Patel told Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in a video posted on BCCI TV.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajaz Patel
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“I really don’t have the height of a fast bowler, so I made a great choice of switching over to spin almost ten years ago. It has been a special journey since. I went through a lot of hard work as you know that it takes time to develop the craft,” he added.

Ajaz ended the match with figures of 14/225 but it ended in a losing cause for the Black Caps as they were bowled out for 62 in the first innings, which was the turning point.

Ajaz is the leading wicket-taker of the series with 17 wickets from both games at an average of 22.06.

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