Ajaz Patel, the Mumbai-born lad, made a name in the history of cricket by getting all the 10 wickets in an innings against India. The 33-year-old has been a regular face in the spinning conditions for the New Zealand Test side since 2018. The player achieved 10 wickets in his 47.5 overs and joined the illustrious club of Jim Laker and Anil Kumble. The last time such feat was achieved, was in the 1999 Test Match when Anl Kumble picked up 10 wickets versus Pakistan at Eden Garden.
The Player has been receiving several accolades from all corners of the cricketing fraternity. Earlier, Anil Kumble sent him a heartful message on Twitter. Craig Mcmillan believed that the stars were aligned for such a feat. Now Brendon Mccullum has heaped praises on the rare feat of the cricketer. Speaking to NewsHub, Mccullum said
“Absolutely unbelievable. Was watching it last night. Soon he got seventh (wicket), I said nah, can’t get 10. Then he got the 8th (wicket), Nah, can’t get 10, and when he got 9, it was then just a formality for him from there really. But, quite a surreal moment for Ajaz and for all the New Zealand cricket fans I guess to have any kind of performances to be proud of. Taking 10 for, is just phenomenal really. You need lot of luck to go your way through buthe earned that through the sheer overs he bowled.”
Upon being asked by the presenter where this feat will rank in the all-time individual performances for New Zealand, the former captain said “It’s got to be up there. It may not be match-defining but who cares. He has ticked off the kind of holy grail that anyone is after in individual performances in Test Match. Probably is the greatest individual performance that we have seen from a NewZealand cricketer and that’s saying something when you have the likes of Sir Richard Hadlee”
New Zealand cricket has always tried their best to be an opportunity for anyone that has come to our country and be part of our country: Brendon McCullum
Speaking to NewsHub, Mccullum mentioned that Ajaz has made the sacrifice, his family has made a sacrifice to come to New Zealand. It is interesting to note that Patel wanted to be a seamer in his younger days. The cricketer had revealed in 2018 to Timenownews the lack of height and limited opportunities he would get by being a pace bowler which is why he became a spin bowler. The Kiwi team collapsed to 62 runs on a difficult turning wicket in the first innings and are heading towards a big defeat against the home side.