- Becomes 4th New Zealand bowler to take most 5 wickets in Tests in Asia
- Ejaz trapped legends like Captain Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in his spin
- Mumbai-born spinner Ejaz Patel settled in New Zealand at the age of 8
The magic of New Zealand’s leg-spinner Ajaz Patel is making headway in the Mumbai Test. In the first innings of the second and last Test match of the series against India (IND v NZ 2nd Test), Ijaz sent India’s batsmen one after the other with his off-spin balls.
The 33-year-old Indian-origin bowler took 6 wickets in the first innings. With this, Ajaz has become the fourth New Zealand bowler to take the most 5 wickets in Test cricket in Asia. During this, he equaled pacer Tim Southee. This is Ijaz’s third 5 wicket haul in Tests. Tim Southee also has three five-wicket hauls in 13 Tests in Asia. Ejaz is playing his 7th Test.
In this list, New Zealand’s legendary spinner Daniel Vettori is at number one. Vettori has taken eight five-wicket hauls in 21 Tests, while Sir Richard Hadlee has five five-wicket hauls in a Test innings in 13 Tests.
immigrated to New Zealand at the age of 8
Ejaz was born in 1988 in Mumbai. Patel’s family moved to New Zealand in 1996. Ejaz is the second player to play a Test match in his birth place Mumbai.
Ejaz reached the second number in this case
Ejaz has also become the second oldest bowler to take 5 wickets without a left arm spinner in Tests in India. He achieved this feat at the age of 33 years and 43 days. Iqbal Qasim is at number one in this list, who did this feat at the age of 33 years 219 days.
These veterans including Kohli, Pujara were dismissed
In the first innings, Ijaz showed Indian captain Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin the way to the pavilion. Kohli, Pujara and Ashwin could not even open the account.