New Zealand left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel created history at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday by becoming only the third bowler to claim all 10 wickets in an innings. Although the Black Caps went on to lose the second Test by 372 runs on Monday (December 6), the match will always be remembered for Mumbai-born Ajaz’s 10/119 in the first innings.
Team India skipper Virat Kohli, head coach Rahul Dravid and bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Ravichandran Ashwin took time out specially go up to Ajaz and congratulate him on his special achievement.
“In sport it is great that we can acknowledge even our rival’s success. It was nice of Virat, Rahul sir, Siraj and then Ashwin to get all those autographs for me on the t-shirt. Even that photo after the match, speaks a lot about the sporting world right now. Off the field we’ll always remain a gentleman’s sport. The photo came about through the idea of a few wise heads in the media team back home, some inputs from me and some from the Indian team as well,” Ajaz Patel said during a virtual media conference on Tuesday (December 7).
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