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[Watch] When Ajaz Patel Became Only The Third Cricketer To Take 10 Wickets In A Test Innings

image-lpqmeesfAjaz Patel is the third cricketer with a 10-wicket haul in Test cricket (Twitter)

In a historic display of bowling prowess, New Zealand cricketer Ajaz Patel joined an elite club of cricketing greats when he took all 10 wickets in a Test innings against India in 2021 at Mumbai's iconic Wankhede Stadium. This exceptional achievement put him in the esteemed company of Anil Kumble and Jim Laker as the only players to achieve this rare feat in the history of Test cricket.

Ajaz Patel 10 Wickets Against India At Wankhede , Mumbai

Despite India's strong start in the first innings with Mayank Agarwal's impressive 150 runs, Patel turned the tide with his lethal spin. His first breakthrough came in the 28th over, removing Shubman Gill, and he continued to wreak havoc by dismissing key players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli for ducks. Patel's relentless performance culminated in him claiming the final wicket of Mohammed Siraj, completing a perfect 10-wicket haul in just 47.5 overs while conceding 119 runs.

The achievement, however, was bittersweet for Patel as India went on to win the match by a commanding margin of 372 runs. This remarkable feat mirrored the legendary performances of Anil Kumble and Jim Laker, who achieved the same milestone in 1999 and 1956, respectively.

Kumble's historic moment occurred at Firoj Shah Kotla against Pakistan, where he took all 10 wickets in just 26.3 overs, leading India to a resounding 212-run victory. Before him, England's Jim Laker achieved the unprecedented feat by dismissing all 10 Australian batters in an innings, securing a win by an innings and 170 runs.

Ajaz Patel's extraordinary achievement at Wankhede Stadium not only added a new chapter to cricketing history but also highlighted the enduring allure of Test cricket and the legendary performances that make the sport truly unforgettable.