Mumbai: Spinner Ajaz Patel has created history in the ongoing Mumbai Test between the Indian cricket team and New Zealand. No New Zealand spinner has reached the milestone he has achieved on Indian soil. In fact, Ajaz has sent team India's opening 6 batsmen to the pavilion in the first innings of the Mumbai Test.
With this, Ajaz Patel has become the first New Zealand spinner to take 5 wickets in the first innings of any Test on Indian soil. He has broken the record of Jitan Patel, who had earlier taken 4 wickets in the first innings of the Test at Bharti. Jitan achieved this feat in a Test match played in Hyderabad in 2012. Ajaz Patel has taken 5 wickets in an innings of a Test for the third time on Asian soil. He achieved this feat in just the 7th Test (Asia).
With this, he has equalled fellow bowler Tim Southee. The Saudis have taken 5 wickets in three innings in 13 Tests. Legendary Kiwi bowler Daniel Vettori is at the top of the list, taking 5 wickets in 8 innings in 21 Tests in Asia. Second is New Zealand bowler Sir Richard Headley, who has achieved this feat 5 times.
Ajaz Patel was born on October 21, 1988, in Mumbai. His family moved to New Zealand when Ajaz was just 8 years old. When he started cricket, he was first a left-arm fast bowler, but later became a spinner after the coaches' opinion. He was also emotional when he came to his birthplace before the Test began in Mumbai.