The 2nd day of the India vs New Zealand Mumbai Test match happened earlier today at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The day belonged to the Indian cricket team. Mayank Agarwal’s 150-run knock and some excellent bowling performances from the Indian bowlers helped the home side post a 325-run total on the board in the first innings. Ajaz Patel was the only New Zealand bowler who could take wickets in the first innings.
Ajaz opened his account by taking the wicket of Shubman Gill. Soon, he added the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli to his tally. Shreyas Iyer was his fourth scalp. These four wickets fell on the first day of the Test match at the Wankhede Stadium.
The next six wickets of the Indian innings fell on the second day, and all of them went into Ajaz Patel’s account. Thus, Ajaz became the first New Zealand bowler to take 10 wickets in one Test innings. He broke Sir Richard Hadlee’s record for the best bowling figures by a Kiwi in international cricket history. Also, Ajaz broke Rangana Herath’s record for the best bowling figures by a left-arm spinner in international cricket history.
Ajaz Patel received a congratulatory message from Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid
Ajaz Patel achieved a feat which was only achieved by two bowlers, namely Anil Kumble and James Laker. Kumble congratulated Patel for his huge achievement. Indian captain Virat Kohli personally went to New Zealand dressing room and congratulated Patel. Head coach Rahul Dravid also went with Virat and shook hands with Ajaz.
Fans lauded the gesture shown by the Indian captain and the Indian head coach. Here are some of the Twitter reactions to it:
Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli coming to you and appreciating your effort, that should make anyone’s day. It’d make my week, month, and year.— Anuraag Peesara (@anuraagp15) December 4, 2021
Well done, Ajaz! #AjazPatel
Will love to see Virat Kohli or Rahul Dravid giving India’s signed jersey to Ajaz Patel.— Alok Ranjan (@itsalokranjan) December 4, 2021
Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Siraj congratulate Ajaz Patel for his Incredible Achivement. pic.twitter.com/UsGMuA7HYl— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) December 4, 2021
Virat Kohli went to the NZ dressing room to congrats ajaz patel for his 10 wicket haul!— Parth Gupta //End of Era abd miss u (@_ParthVirat_) December 4, 2021
Aggressive on-field humble off the field
THAT IS VIRAT KOHLI! pic.twitter.com/jYJmeV4kOd