Meet Ajaz Patel! The Mumbai Born NZ Cricketer who Created History In The Indian Soil

The date December 4, 2021 shall go down in the history of records from Ajaz Patel as this Indian born New Zealand cricketer created a record in the Indian soil at his birthplace in Mumbai. During the second test match of India vs New Zealand, Ajaz picked up all the ten wickets of Indian lineup making him the third person ever to clinch all the 10 wickets in a test match after Anil Kumble who made a similar record in 1999 against Pakistan. Not an easy task for any player to achieve this feat for instance; only 3 players in the history of cricket have done this so far. And why is this significant for India? Well, he is a Mumbaikar born in India who brought colours to cricket in the Indian soil and that too against India.

 Ajaz Patel Shines With His Formidable Record

Having said that Ajaz Patel is the third person in the history of cricket to take complete wickets of players in an innings the two others who achieved this feat are Jim Laker of England and Anil Kumble of India. Anil Kumble’s 10 wickets came against Pakistan in 1999.



Ajaz Patel shined against India

Before the record-breaking feat in Mumbai, Ajaz Patel had saved his team from going down 1-0 in the two-match Test series in Kanpur single-handedly ran through the Indian batting line up making him just the third person in history to do so. Let’s take a look at other details of Ajaz Patel.

Where Was Ajaz Patel Born?

Ajaz Patel was born in Mumbai but moved to New Zealand in 1996. According to a report in sportstar his father worked in the refrigeration business, while his mother was a school teacher. The family has its roots in the Tankaria village in the Bharuch district.

Talking about Ajaz Patel’s New Zealand cricket career, the Indian-born cricketer had been performing really well in domestic cricket, due to which he has been able to mark his place in the national side. Patel played an important role in the success of Central Stags in 2018, helping them win the domestic title by picking up 48 wickets at 21.52. The 33-year-old first received a call-up to the New Zealand Test side in 2018 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. He is the fifth Indian-origin cricketer to play for New Zealand after Ted Badcock, Tom Puna, Ish Sodhi and Jeet Raval.


Ajaz Patel Stats

The 33-year-old left-arm spinner has played 11 Test matches for New Zealand, in which he has taken 38 wickets in total. He has also played 7 T20I matches for the Kiwis, picking up 7 wickets. A golden feather to his career etched into his life during the second test against India in Mumbai; where the left-arm spinner picked up his 9th wicket when he had Jayant Yadav caught by Rachin Ravindra and picked up his historic 10th when he had dismissed Mohammed Siraj. Hopefully, this star shines enough in his upcoming games for his team.