New Zealand spinner Ejaz Patel took the cricketing world by storm on Saturday as he took all 10 wickets in the first innings of the Mumbai Test. This rare feat made Ejaz Patel only the third player in the history of Test match cricket to take all opposition wickets in an innings. He joins an elite list of former England spinner Jim Laker and former India captain and coach Anil Kumble. When he posted his reactions on Twitter, players, former and present and experts thoroughly enjoyed and acknowledged this tremendous achievement.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reacted and posted the “incredible achievement”.
“Incredible achievement as Ejaz Patel took all 10 wickets in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test. He became the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to achieve this feat. #INDvNZ.”
Incredible achievement in the form of Ajaz Patel taking all 10 wickets in the first innings of the second Test.
—BCCI (@BCCI) 4 December 2021
The Blackcaps also celebrated the spinner’s achievement.
“Some kind of scorecard for @AjazP! He joins cricket royalty as the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to take all ten wickets in an innings. Just wow.”
some sort of scorecard for @AjazP,
He joined cricket royalty as the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to take all ten wickets in an innings. Just wow
— blackcaps (@blackcaps) 4 December 2021
Dinesh Karthik highlighted how the Mumbai-born spinner made a comeback to grab 10 wickets in the same city.
“The whole world and he does the unimaginable in the city he was born in. Some things are beyond coincidence… Well done #AjazPatel. #INDvNZ”
— dk (@dinesh karthik) 4 December 2021
Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha explained why it was a champion effort and how rare the feat really is.
“Excellent #AjazPatel! This is a champion effort… These achievements are very rare, just the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to do so. #INDvzNZ.”
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) 4 December 2021
Several former and current international players as well as experts lauded Ejaz’s achievement and posted on Twitter.
Sensational! Simply sensational!! To take all 10 wickets in a Test innings is a dream. 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!! pic.twitter.com/iA6biAC4gz
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 4 December 2021
it will always be remembered
47.5-12-119-10 Just due..let me stand up and clap pic.twitter.com/T3IZYYn8NZ
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 4 December 2021
10 wickets in an innings, wow, wow, wow! Only for the third time in Test history. Now standing with Jim Laker and Anil Kumble. Take a bow Ejaz Patel!
— cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 4 December 2021
India were all out for 325 in their first innings. Mohammad Siraj was Ijaz’s last victim as the Indian team lost six wickets on the second day.
Mayank Agarwal played a brilliant innings of 150 runs, while Axar Patel also scored a brilliant half-century.
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