New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel on Saturday became the only third bowler in the history of men’s Test cricket as he took all 10 wickets in India's first innings in Mumbai, on day 2 of the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium.
Resuming on 221 for four, New Zealand bowled India out for 325 in the first innings of the second Test.
With this feat, Patel joined England’s Jim Laker and former Indian captain Anil Kumble in picking up all ten wickets in an innings.
Born in Mumbai, the 33-year-old left-arm spinner left the city of his birth when he was eight.
Kumble, who was the second bowler to achieve the feat to take 10 wickets in an innings congratulated the young bowler and welcomed him to what is a very elite club, which has just found its third member.
The former Indian captain had achieved the feat at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi in 1999 against Pakistan.
Taking it to Twitter, he wrote, "Welcome to the club #AjazPatel #Perfect10 Well bowled! A special effort to achieve it on Day1 & 2 of a test match. #INDvzNZ"
Former Indian International cricketer VVS Laxman also congratulated Patel and said, “Sensational! Just sensational!! To take all 10 wickets in a Test innings is the stuff dreams are made of. Take a bow, Ajaz Patel, you are in the elite company of Jim Laker and Anil Kumble. And to do it in the city of your birth, wow!!”
Patel’s feat at the Wankhede Stadium has gone down as the third-best bowling figures in an innings in Test cricket, with figures of 10/119.
Moreover, the New Zealand spinner bowled 47.5 overs in India's first innings to achieve this rare feat.