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Cricket-New Zealand cameraman Ajaz wins all 10 matches against India

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FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Second Test – England vs New Zealand – Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, England – June 12, 2021 Ajaz Patel of New Zealand celebrates after knocking out England’s James Bracey via Action Pictures by Reuters / Peter Cziborra / File Photo

December 4, 2021

By Sudipto Ganguly

MUMBAI (Reuters) – New Zealand racquetballer Ajaz Patel became the third pitcher to pick up all 10 balls in an inning in international cricket, achieving the feat ahead of India in the post. second test at Wankhede Stadium.

The 33-year-old competed against England’s Jim Laker (1956 v Australia) and India’s Anil Kumble (1999 v Pakistan) to win all the players in a single round. .

“Welcome to the #AjazPatel #Perfect10 club. Good bowling! A special effort to hit it on day one and day two of a test match,” said bowling great Kumble, who took 619 test sticks for India, said on Twitter.

Mumbai-born left-winger Ajaz, whose parents emigrated to New Zealand in 1996, added six doubles to the four players he played against on Friday’s first day to finish with a 10- 119.

Ajaz, who started his career as a fast pitcher, made quick bounces and bounces from the pitch and carried a New Zealand bowling ball over his shoulder to limit his first innings total. The home team is 325.

After beating Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin in his first match on Saturday, the stocky spinner returned from the lunch break to take the remaining four to end India’s turn.

When Rachin Ravindra hugged a skier from India’s No. 11 smasher Mohammed Siraj to confirm the final bat’s fall, Ajaz knelt down with a clenched fist before being hugged by his teammates.

He also received a standing ovation from the Indian team in the dressing room and sparse crowd in the pitch overlooking the Arabian Sea.

While Ajaz dominated when holding the ball, it was Mayank Agarwal who scored most of the runs for the home team with a slick ball.

Agarwal reached 150 with a shot that cut Ajaz’s face but was caught on the next serve. All-rounder Axar Patel assisted with a 52, his first test in half a century.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Frances Kerry and Kim Coghill)

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