Wankhede Stadium might not have proved to be that lucky for Virat Kohli but surely it has suited to the Newsie spinner Ajaz Patel’s bowling techniques. India resumed its 2nd day in the 2nd Test series against New Zealand in Mumbai.
The Virat Kohli-led team chose to bat first whereas Mayank Agarwal right from the beginning has given a brilliant performance for his side. Completing his one and a half-century, at last, got knocked out by Ajaz Patel’s magic spell at 150*, the Indian squad’s day one ended with 221* runs.
Before Ajaz Patel the record has been held by the two spinners Anil Kumble and Jim Laker. In history, the spinners have managed to claim all the 10 wickets of the opposite sides.
Jim Laker in 1956 took all the 10 wickets in innings for Surrey against Australians and this was the 2nd cricketer’s record after Ted Barrat in 1878.
After Jim Laker, Indian former cricketer-spinner Anil Kumble recreated the record in 1999 in the innings. The 51-year old showed his then remarkable performance against their arch-rivals Pakistan.
Ajaz Patel took all the 10-wickets of India and folded them for 325*. While continuing the process the game then changed when New Zealand’s batter came in the middle of the field and Indian seamers MD. Siraj and Umesh Yadav took an oath to claim the wickets of the 2 batters- Tom Latham and Will Young at 10* and 4* runs resp.
Now it doesn’t matter what the result says the day has been registered to Ajaz Patel’s big achievement.
The game of cricket has always proved to be so topsy-turvy for India. It has never been an easy journey towards the goal to win the Trophy.