10 wickets haul quite surreal, says Ajaz Patel after making the record


Ajaz Patel created history for New Zealand as he dismissed all Indian players with figures of 


becoming the third man to achieve this feat, only Anil Kumble and Englishman Jim Laker.

It was “quite a special occasion for Patel,” as he mentioned during the tea break in the second test match between India and New Zealand.

He said, “


 Obviously quite a special occasion for me; not only me, my wife, my mom and dad, my family. A very special day for me for sure. To be honest, it’s pretty surreal, I don’t think you ever believe you are going to achieve something like that.”

“To be able to do that in my career is pretty special,” he added, and it sure is as it can help him book a permanent spot in New Zealand’s squad.  

Ajaz gives credit to God for his historical spell as he said, “By the grace of God, I am very fortunate, the stars have aligned for me, having an occasion like that here in Mumbai.”

This feat is even more special for Ajaz as the golden record comes his way at his birthplace Mumbai against India.

He said, “To be born here, then come back here and achieve something like that is pretty special. I am in very illustrious company with Kumble sir as well. Hasn’t been a great start for us with the bat, but we’ve still got a few boys in the shed, so hopefully we put our best foot forward and put a few runs on the board. If we have to come back here, we have to get back here. It’s part of our job, we enjoy the challenges.”

He has achieved the 10 wickets haul three times earlier as well in the domestic games before he started playing for the national team.


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