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Twitter reacts as Ajaz Patel creates history in hometown Mumbai with a 10-wicket haul against India

Only two bowlers before Ajaz Patel could take 10 wickets in a single innings in test cricket

Ajaz Patel, on the second day of the ongoing test match between India and New Zealand, became only the third bowler in test match history to grab all 10 wickets of the opposition in a single innings. Two bowlers who did it before him were both spinners. While the Englishman Jim Laker did it in 1956 against Australia at Old Trafford, the former Indian captain and coach Anil Kumble did it in 1999 against the arch-rivals Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi.

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When Ajaz Patel marked his run-up to bowl his first over on day 2 in the Mumbai test match today, he wouldn’t have expected in his wildest of dreams that he would clean up all the remaining 6 Indian wickets and would become a part of the history books. While Ajaz was simply superb with his craft, the Indian tail-enders also helped him with their attempt to play some big shots towards the end of the innings.

After Axar Patel’s dismissal, which was the 8th wicket of Ajaz, the off-spinner Jayant Yadav tried to play a big shot off Ajaz and was caught by Rachin Ravindra at the long-off boundary and then surprisingly, Mohammed Siraj, rather than trying to play out that Ajaz over safely, went for a big shot twice. While he was lucky the first time, his luck ran out on the second occasion as the ball ballooned up in the air to be held by Rachin Ravindra at mid-on again.

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Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also came out to give a standing ovation to Ajaz Patel

Given how rare and how remarkable an achievement it was for Ajaz, not only the New Zealand team and the support staff, but even the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin came out to give Ajaz Patel a standing ovation, as he returned to the New Zealand dressing room.

Whatever shape Ajaz Patel’s test career might take from here and regardless if he will be able to play many more test matches for Blackcaps from here or not, one thing is for sure that he will be remembered in test match history forever because he has now gotten into the most elite club of the longest format of the game.

Twitter users also realized how big an achievement it was for an overseas spinner, who was born in India itself, to come back to India and do something that has been done only twice in test match history. Here is how Twitter reacted after Ajaz Patel completed his 10-wicket haul –

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Abhishek

I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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