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The stars were aligned for him – Craig Mcmillan on Ajaz Patel


It is not every day that Cricket witnesses 10 wickets in an innings by a bowler. Today was one such day and Ajaz Patel has become the third international cricketer and the first New Zealander to achieve this feat. He did it against India in the second test match on Day 2. The bowler bowled 47.5 overs which included 12 maidens and considered only 119 runs at an economy of 2.48.

Before Ajaz Patel, only Jim Laker of England and Anil Kumble of India achieved this feat. Laker took 10 wickets against the Australians in 1956 Ashes while Anil Kumble created the record against Pakistan in the 1999 year test match at Eden Garden, Kolkatta.

Patel was born in Mumbai and his family shifted to New Zealand when he was only eight years old. The feat deserves even more accolades as New Zealand typically has pitches that are more swing and seam friendly and bouncy and rarely provide assistance to spin.

Now, Craig McMillan, the former New Zealand allrounder has shared his opinion on the off-spinner. In his own words, 

“It’s only been done three times as you mentioned. And he has shown the skill set that he has got that what a great left bowler he is. I think this test match that you mentioned between India and New Zealand is 2348. So It’s one of those things that very rarely happened.  I think its been 22 years since the last team for which you mentioned was Anil Kumble.

So for a Newzealand spinner, it’s just mind-blowing. He has gone past New Zealand’s greatest-ever bowler Sir Richard Hadlee whose previous best figure was 9 – 52 against Australia in Brisbane back in the 80s. That was a record that I didn’t think would get even beaten. So it’s a really special day for Ajaz. A special day for his family as well who will mighty proud. A very good day for New Zealand cricket. The stars were aligned for him.

Ironically, Patel wouldn’t have thought he would have to come out again to bowl later in the day. India bundled out New Zealand for 62 runs, with Siraj and spinners doing the damage. India then decided not to enforce the follow-on and came to bat. They have put on 69 runs and the lead is now standing tall at 332 runs.

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