Ajaz Patel. (Source: Twitter)

New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel picked up all ten wickets in the first innings of the second Test against India in Mumbai. The hosts were bowled out for 325.

Ajaz Patel: 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. By the grace of God, I am very fortunate, the stars have aligned for me, having an occasion like that here in Mumbai. To be born here and 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. (Most special wicket?) Don’t really have any one in particular, it’s just about finding good rhythm and just being repetitive and asking good questions of the batters.

Best innings bowling figures by a visiting spinner in India:
10/119 Ajaz Patel 2021*
8/50 Nathan Lyon 2017
8/215 Jason Krejza 2008

Best bowling figures in a Test innings against India:
10/119 Ajaz Patel, Mumbai 2021*
9/95 Jack Noreiga, Port of Spain 1971

Best Bowling figures by a New Zealand bowler:
10/119 Ajaz Patel v IND 2021*
9/52 Richard Hadlee v AUS 1985