Ajaz Patel breaks Ian Botham's 41-year-old record with his magical spell against India in Mumbai Test
New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel broke England legend Ian Botham's 41-year-old record with his bowling heroics in the ongoing second Test against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel has been on a record-breaking spree in the ongoing second Test against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After picking up a magnificent ten-wicket haul during India's first innings of the Test match, Patel continued his bowling heroics during the hosts' second innings on Day 3. He followed up his perfect ten with four wickets in the second innings to break England legend Ian Botham's 41-year-old record.
Patel, who single-handedly bundled out India in their first innings, finished with figures of 14/225 after his four wickets in the second innings. He now holds the record for best-ever bowling figures by any bowler in a Test match against India, bettering Botham's 13/106 against India in 1980. Incidentally, Botham had also achieved the feat at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to power England to a ten-wicket win.
Best match bowling figure against India in Tests:
14/225 Ajaz Patel, Mumbai 2021
13/106 Ian Botham, Mumbai 1980
After dismissing all ten Indian batters in their first innings, Patel picked up the wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shreyas Iyer and Jayant Yadav in the second innings. He might have gone on to pick a few more wickets had India not declared their second innings on 276/7 on Day 3.
Patel also surpassed New Zealand great Daniel Vettori to take the second spot on the list of Kiwi bowlers with best match figures in Tests. Vettori was second with his match figures of 12/149 against Australia in the year 2000 but Patel has not pushed him to the third spot and is only behind legend Richard Hadlee, who had taken 15/123 against Australia in 1985.
Best match bowling figures for New Zealand in Tests
15/123 Richard Hadlee v Australia 1985
14/225 Ajaz Patel v India 2021
12/149 Daniel Vettori v Australia 2000
12/170 Daniel Vettori v Bngladesh 2004
Ajaz Patel's efforts likely to go in vain
Patel has had a remarkable outing so far in the ongoing Mumbai Test against India but his efforts are likely to go in vain as the hosts are inching towards a comfortable win after handing New Zealand a massive target of 540 runs in their second innings.
India had bundled out New Zealand for just 62 runs in their first innings to gain a lead of 263 runs before posting 276 runs on the board in the second innings to set up a target of 540 runs for the visitors, who are unlikely to pull off a win from here.