Ajaz Patel

Kane Williamson. Photo: @ICC
Kane Williamson. Photo: @ICC
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Kane Williamson Set To Join New Zealand Squad For England Tour After Birth Of His Second Child

Kane Williamson will join New Zealand’s squad in England in the coming days after the Black Caps captain and his wife Sarah Raheem welcomed their second child. Kane Williamson will now be seen in a three-match Test series against England, with the first match set to commence at Lord’s on June 2.

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson left the franchise’s bio-bubble to fly back to New Zealand for the birth of his child. The announcement came a few hours after Kane Williamson led SRH to a win in the must-win clash against Mumbai Indians.

Kane Williamson had left the SRH camp on May 18 to accompany his better half during the introduction of their second kid. In his nonattendance, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar drove the team in the last league stage match of IPL 2022 against Punjab Kings on Sunday.

Kane Williamson with wife Sarah Raheem (Image Credits: Twitter)
Kane Williamson with wife Sarah Raheem (Image Credits: Twitter)

Kane Williamson To Join New Zealand Squad For England Tour After Being A Father For The 2nd Time

In 13 games, the Kiwi and SRH skipper has scored 216 runs at a modest average of 19.64 and a very poor strike rate of 93.51. Kane Williamson flew back to New Zealand for the impending birth of his second child. At the time, it wasn’t confirmed whether or not the Sunrisers Hyderabad would make it to the playoffs. But a couple of games later, the Orange Army found themselves two points behind the top-four contestants and were eliminated.

Kane Williamson posted a picture of the new baby boy with mum and daughter Maggie on social media, writing: “Welcome to the whanau little man!”

Kane Williamson's wife Sarah Raheem With their Newborn (Image Credits: Twitter)
Kane Williamson’s wife Sarah Raheem With their Newborn (Image Credits: Twitter)

He left the Indian Premier League early to return home for the birth and will now join the Black Caps in England in the lead-up to the first Test at Lord’s on June 2.

Devon Conway And Tim Southee Have Linked Up With The Kiwi Squad

Batsmen CSK’s Devon Conway and KKR seamer Tim Southee have already linked up with the squad after their IPL teams failed to make the playoffs. Kane Williamson, fast bowler Neil Wagner and batsman Daryl Mitchell are expected to arrive on Wednesday, on the eve of the second tour match against a Counties XI team in Essex. Spinner Ajaz Patel, who is one of only three players to have taken 10 wickets in a test inning, will return to the New Zealand cricket squad for its three-Test tour to England next month.

Ajaz Patel joined Jim Laker of England and Anil Kumble of India in an elite club when he took 10-119 in New Zealand’s 2nd Test against hosts India in Mumbai last December. The left-arm spinner hasn’t played a Test since. He was left out of the Kiwis’ home series against Bangladesh and South Africa when New Zealand opted for all-pace attacks. Ajaz Patel returns as New Zealand’s frontline spinner for the England series.

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

New Zealand had announced an extended 20-man squad for the England tour, designed to cover the early absence of players involved in the IPL 2022. Those players will miss New Zealand’s warm-up matches and the squad will be trimmed to 15 before the first test against England starting June 2 at Lord’s.

New Zealand beat England when the teams last met in a Test series in England last year, prior to New Zealand’s win over India in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship.  The squad includes off-spinning allrounder Michael Bracewell, wicketkeeper-batsman Cam Fletcher, and pace bowler Blair Tickner, who will be touring with New Zealand for the first time.

Three members of the New Zealand touring party have tested positive for Covid-19 on the morning of the squad’s first tour match in England against Sussex in Brighton. The trio of Henry Nicholls, Blair Tickner, and Shane Jurgensen returned the positive tests on Friday morning ahead of the first day’s play in the English southern coastal city and have begun a mandatory five-day isolation period in their respective hotel rooms.

New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Will Young, Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Rachin Ravindra, Cam Fletcher, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy, Trent Boult.

Trent Boult Getty Images
Trent Boult Getty Images
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Trent Boult To Remain Unavailable For 2nd Test Against Proteas

Trent Boult will not be available for the second Test against South Africa with his lack of recent bowling deemed to be put him at too great of an injury risk. It means Trent Boult has likely played his last home international cricket of the season with those having IPL deals expected to be unavailable for the ODI series against the Netherlands at the end of March.
Trent Boult was not in the squad for the opening match of the series in Christchurch as his wife awaited the birth of their third child and though he will join team-mates to bowl in the nets around the second Test it was felt too much of an ask to put him through a game.
NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)

Trent Boult To Remain Unavailable For 2nd Test Against Proteas

While the 32-year-old will train with the squad in the build-up to this week’s Test, he’ll next don the New Zealand colours only in June during the team’s tour of England with New Zealand Cricket expected to allow IPL 2022 -bound players to miss the series against the Netherlands.

“[He] is not in a position to be available with his loads and where he’s at,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said. “Since his wife has been having the baby he’s missed out on a lot of opportunities to play cricket and bowl. We just felt the risk of him playing was far too great at the moment.”
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
New Zealand have retained an unchanged 15-player squad for the second Test which means no place for a specialist spinner.
Ajaz Patel has yet to return to Plunket Shield action after injury and Stead did not expect conditions to alter much from the first Test where New Zealand’s quicks dominated by bowling out South Africa for 95 and 111. Allrounder Rachin Ravindra is part of the squad should a spin-bowling option be required.
“We considered a [frontline] spin option but didn’t feel as though we needed it on this pitch, through history and the way it was looking after the last Test match,” Stead said.
The absence of Trent Boult and lack of changes to the squad means the same four-strong pace attack that dismantled South Africa the first time around are set to get another chance together.

Matt Henry Bowled Beautifully Throughout The 1st Test: Gary Stead

Matt Henry was the leading light with a career-best 7 for 23 as part of a nine-wicket match haul. Trent Boult’s absence in the first Test paved the way for Matt Henry’s inclusion in the XI, an opportunity he grabbed sensationally setting the tone for New Zealand’s dominant victory by an innings and 276 runs. Matt Henry moved the ball off the seam and finished with match figures of 9 for 55 besides scoring an unbeaten 58 in the 1st innings.
“He’s always been a good bowler and sometimes you need that opportunity to strike and make the most it,” Stead said. “He bowled beautifully throughout the Test but I thought the whole bowling unit bowled really well together and thought that was one of the reasons we were so convincing.”
Matt Henry (Photo: AFP)
Matt Henry (Photo: AFP)

New Zealand completed a convincing innings-and-276-run win over South Africa, two-and-a-half hours into the third day in Christchurch, to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

The result means New Zealand have given themselves an opportunity to complete a first series win over South Africa and have registered only their fifth Test win over South Africa in 46 meetings, 18 years after their last victory – in Auckland in 2004.

New Zealand 482 (Nicholls 105, Blundell 96) beat South Africa 95 (Hamza 25, Henry 7-23) and 111 (Bavuma 41, Southee 5-35) by an innings and 276 runs

New Zealand squad: Tom Latham (captain), Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Cam Fletcher, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Will Young

While Mayank Agarwal and Ajaz Patel were impressive in India vs New Zealand Test series, Mitchell Starc is in sensational form in Ashes 2021-22. | Twitter/@ICC
While Mayank Agarwal and Ajaz Patel were impressive in India vs New Zealand Test series, Mitchell Starc is in sensational form in Ashes 2021-22. | Twitter/@ICC
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Mayank Agarwal Among 3 Players Nominated For ICC Player Of The Month – December 2021

Mayank Agarwal, opening Indian Test batsman was on Saturday nominated for the ICC Player of the Month award for December following his stellar performance in the Test series against New Zealand and South Africa.

Besides Mayank Agarwal, New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel and Australian pacer Mitchell Starc were also short-listed for the award.

Mayank Agarwal. (Photo: BCCI)
Mayank Agarwal. (Photo: BCCI)

Mayank Agarwal Nominated For ICC Player Of The Month – December 2021

With regular openers Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and KL Rahul all missing games at some point last month, Agarwal grabbed the opportunity with both hands against New Zealand and South Africa. In two matches, he scored 276 runs at an average of 69.00, which included two fifties and a century.

Mayank Agarwal was the architect of the win in Mumbai against New Zealand with a Player of the Match-winning performance of 150 and 62 in the two innings. He also played a crucial role in India breaching the Centurion fortress with a win for the very first time.

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. (AFP File Photos)
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. (AFP File Photos)

Batting first in overcast conditions, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal set the platform with a brilliant opening partnership of 117. During the stand, he was tested by the fiery Proteas pace attack but came out shining with a brilliant 60. India posted 327 in the first innings, which eventually proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Mayank Agarwal scored 857 runs, the fourth-highest by an Indian batsman in the inaugural WTC cycle, but lost his place to Shubman Gill after failing in three matches in Australia. He made his comeback in the home series against New Zealand. In the second Test match, he scored 150 in the first innings and 62 in the second innings. For this magnificent performance, he was awarded the man of the match.

Ajaz Patel And Mitchell Starc Were Also Nominated Besides Mayank Agarwal

India-born New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel’s name was immortalized in cricketing history in December 2021, when he picked up 10 wickets in an innings against India, becoming the third player in Tests to achieve the feat after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble. The left-arm spinner played just one Test in the month, where he picked up 14 wickets at an average of 16.07.

He picked up all 10 wickets in the first innings but was disappointed by the Kiwi batters who let his efforts go in vain as the team was bundled out for 62. In the second innings, he also picked up four wickets, including that of Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara. He finished with figures of 14/225, the best bowling figures in a Test match in 2021.

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

Mitchell Starc also had standout performances both with the bat and ball in hand as Australia retained the Ashes urn 2021/22 with two games to spare. In three games last month, he picked up as many as 14 wickets at an average of 19.64 and was more than handy with the bat, scoring 117 runs at an average of 58.50.

He set the tone for the whole series by dismissing England opener Rory Burns with the first ball of the first Test. While batting, he kept teammate Travis Head company with an innings of 35 and added 85 crucial runs for the eighth wicket.

In the second Test in Adelaide, Mitchell Starc snapped six wickets and scored 58. This included a brilliant four-wicket haul in the first innings that helped reduce England to 236, giving Australia a massive lead of 237 runs.

In the Boxing Day Test, Mitchell Starc picked two crucial wickets in the first innings, including that of England’s captain Joe Root. His innings of 24 not out helped Australia gain an 82-run lead, which proved to be enough as England was bundled out for 68. He picked up three wickets in the second innings as Australia won by an innings to retain the urn.

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
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Ajaz Patel’s Historic Feat Of Taking All 10 Wickets In An Innings Not Enough To Be Picked Against Bangladesh

Ajaz Patel’s historic feat of taking 10 wickets in a Test innings was not enough to secure his place in New Zealand’s squad for a home series against Bangladesh.

Off-spinner Ajaz Patel became only the third player in test history _ after England’s Jim Laker and India’s Anil Kumble _ to take all 10 wickets in an innings when he claimed 10-119 in the second Test against India earlier this month. But Ajaz Patel was absent from New Zealand’s 13-man squad for a two-test series against Bangladesh, beginning on January 1, 2022.

Ajaz Patel----Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
Ajaz Patel—-Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI

Ajaz Patel Not Picked For Two Tests Against Visitors Bangladesh As New Zealand Conditions Favour Pacers: Gary Stead Defends Selections

The 13 man squad includes fast bowlers Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, and Matt Henry along with medium pace allrounder Daryl Mitchell and only one spin option, allrounder Rachin Ravindra. The tests will be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui and Hagley Oval in Christchurch at New Zealand which is expected to favour quicker bowlers.

New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)
New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)

“You do feel for Ajaz after his record-breaking display in India,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said. “However, we’ve always applied a horses-for-courses selection policy and believe the players selected best fit the way we want to take on Bangladesh here at home.”

“We feel having both Rachin and Daryl in the squad gives us a nice balance and the ability to pick a side best suited to the conditions we expect.”

New Zealand’s left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel picked up all 10-wickets in an innings in the second Test against India. Notably, the spinner became only the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings, joining Jim Laker and Anil Kumble, who had achieved the milestone in 1956 and 1999 respectively.

He also registered the best figures for a bowler against India in Test cricket. India registered a record 372 runs win over New Zealand in the second Test and sealed the two-match Test series 1-0.

Tom Latham Will Captain New Zealand In The Absence Of Injured Kane Williamson While Devon Conway Will Return

Tom Latham will captain New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson, who has an elbow injury, and Devon Conway will return to the squad after breaking his hand at the Twenty20 World Cup last month. Devon Conway, who had been ruled out of the T20 World Cup final against Australia in the UAE and the subsequent India tour with a bizarre self-inflicted hand injury, returned to the squad.

“It’s obviously disappointing not to have Kane available for this series but, as we noted in India, he is undergoing a sustained period of rest followed by rehabilitation, strengthening, and gradual batting loading,” Stead said. “We have every confidence in Tom leading the side. He’s done an excellent job in the past when called upon.”

Tom Latham (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Tom Latham (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Ajaz Patel concluded the 2nd Test match against India with statistics of 14/225, while regular skipper Kane Williamson also missed the 2nd Test against India for an elbow injury. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will be sidelined by an elbow tendon injury for at least two months, coach Gary Stead confirmed.

Trent Boult, who had opted out of the India tour because of bubble fatigue, was also back in the side as New Zealand ponder unleashing their four-pronged pace pack on Bangladesh. Ross Taylor, who had a horror tour of India, managing a mere 20 runs across four innings, retained his place in the Test squad.

He is three Tests away from surpassing Daniel Vettori as New Zealand’s most capped player in the format. Colin de Grandhomme, who had also opted out of the India tour, was omitted from this squad.

New Zealand: Tom Latham (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young.

Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar
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Sanjay Bangar Picks Hanuma Vihari Ahead Of Shreyas Iyer In Indian 11 For South Africa Test Series

Sanjay Bangar pointed that Shreyas Iyer will be high on confidence after his exploits against New Zealand. As India gear for their upcoming tour to South Africa, where the team will play a set of three Tests and as many ODIs, the talks have been about picking the best possible playing XI for the red-ball format. Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar too joined the bandwagon and weighed his views on the selection calls.

Sanjay Bangar | Twitter: ANI Digital
Sanjay Bangar | Twitter: ANI Digital

Sanjay Bangar Feels Hanuma Vihari Should Be Given A Chance Ahead Of Shreyas Iyer

The former all-rounder feels that the management should hand Hanuma Vihari a chance ahead of Shreyas Iyer going into the series. Hanuma Vihari after being left out of India’s squad for the two-match Test series against New Zealand was included in India A team and he played in South Africa in the four-day matches, which ended in draws.

Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari—-AP Photo

Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, was handed a Test debut in Kanpur and the middle-order batter made an instant impact hitting a ton and fifty in his maiden venture.

Responding to a question on who he thinks should be picked between the two, Sanjay Bangar said: “If the choice has to be between Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari, I would tilt towards Hanuma Vihari because of the kind of service he has done. He deserves that chance to bat ahead of Shreyas Iyer in an overseas Test match.”

The former India cricketer made the comments on the Star Sports show Game Plan. Hanuma Vihari has scored 624 runs in 12 Tests averaging 32.84. He battled a hamstring injury to hit a match-saving 23 runs from 161 balls against Australia in the Sydney 3rd Test. However, he missed out on the 4th and final Test at Gabba due to injury that India went on to win and script history. Since then, he hasn’t played for India in Tests again.

Hanuma Vihari amassed 227 runs in 3 matches for India A against South Africa A averaging a high 75.66 and was the third-highest run-getter and India A’s leading run-scorer.

Sanjay Bangar: Shreyas Iyer Is High On Confidence

Sanjay Bangar, however, pointed that Shreyas Iyer will be high on confidence after his exploits against New Zealand. Shreyas Iyer became the first Indian to score a century and a half-century on Test debut in the Kanpur Test against New Zealand.

“I think Shreyas at the moment is high on confidence. If the thinking of the team management is that young careers have to begin in Indian conditions, so there is confidence for Shreyas Iyer,” he added.  

Shreyas Iyer at the Green Park Stadium Photo: BCCI
Shreyas Iyer at the Green Park Stadium Photo: BCCI

Meanwhile, Sanjay Bangar also explained a couple of reasons for picking Hanuma Vihari ahead of Shreyas Iyer.

He said: “Look at Hanuma Vihari. He is somebody who has played the hard yards, who has got a hundred in West Indies, he saved a Test match for you in Sydney. Whenever he was asked to open the innings, he did that. He played on a single leg to save a Test match and he got a hundred.”

Shreyas Iyer twice revived India in the Kanpur 1st Test after a top-order failure, scoring 105 and 65 to script history, despite India drawing the 1st Test by failing to pick up the last Kiwi wicket.

The two-match Test series saw him making a memorable debut in Kanpur which saw him scoring a ton -105 followed by a fifty-65. This was followed by a massive victory at his home city-Mumbai. He finished his debut Test series as the second-highest run-getter.

Shreyas Iyer scored 18 and 14 in the 2nd Test and both times fell to Ajaz Patel, who picked all 10 Indian wickets to fall in the 1st innings and 4 in the 2nd innings. The series against South Africa starts with the red-ball Test format, with the first Boxing Day Test starting from December 26 in Centurion.

Saba Karim. – File photo of former wicketkeeper - The Hindu
Saba Karim. – File photo of former wicketkeeper - The Hindu
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Saba Karim Says A Different Kind Of Communication Is Needed To Convince Ravichandran Ashwin To Be Dropped

Saba Karim is confident that the new coach Rahul Dravid-headed team management will communicate their plans clearly with star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin if they intend to drop him from playing XI for the impending Test series against South Africa.

While speaking on YouTube channel Khelneeti, Saba Karim pointed out that it was difficult to convince a cricketer like Ravichandran Ashwin that he would be dropped. He suggested that a different approach has to be adopted while dealing with the seasoned campaigner.

Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Source: Twitter)

Saba Karim: It Is Very Difficult To Convince Ravichandran Ashwin To Be Dropped

Ravichandran Ashwin is currently 12th on the list of most wicket-takers, having already picked up over 420 wickets(426 scalps in 81 Tests) over his 11-year-long Test career. The tweaker recently turned 35 years old and played a vital role in the two-match Test series against New Zealand where he was awarded Man of the Series, finishing as the 2nd highest wicket-taker after Ajaz Patel (17) but his 14 scalps came at a better average of 11.36.

“I’m sure the previous team management would also have tried their best to explain to Ravichandran Ashwin the reason for not picking him for the team’s overseas matches. But it is very difficult to convince Ashwin. A different kind of communication is needed to convince him. I’m confident that his management will surely communicate well if such decisions need to be taken yet again.”

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

The crafty spinner has established himself as a vital cog in India’s red-ball line-up with consistent performances over the years. This is why many had questioned his non-selection during Virat Kohli-led India’s tour of England earlier this year.

Besides being India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Tests, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has also scored 2755 runs from 81 Tests. Ravichandran Ashwin achieved the haul of 50 Test wickets for the fourth time in a year and managed to pick 300 wickets at home, becoming the 2nd Indian bowler to do so after Anil Kumble.

Ravichandran Ashwin is dominant in the subcontinent with his turn and variety of bowling variations to trick the opposition batters. In the series, he also surpassed Harbhajan Singh’s tally of 417 Test wickets to become India’s third-highest wicket-taker in the format.

Saba Karim: Ravichandran Ashwin Is India’s Premier Spinner

Saba Karim added that it will become difficult to drop the off-spinner against South Africa, considering he has been in spectacular form in recent times. Notably, Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 14 wickets in the home series against New Zealand and was also named the player of the series.

“Both performance and conditions matter a lot and you ought to play an in-fom player. Ashwin is your premier spinner and it will be tough to drop him in South Africa.”

Saba Karim pointed out that Ravichandran Ashwin has emerged as a matchwinner, especially in home conditions. This is why he becomes an automatic selection when India is the host. However, he stated that the same was not the case for overseas assignments.

Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

The cricketer-turned-commentator opined that India prefers playing five bowlers including a solitary spinner when they tour abroad. Ravindra Jadeja gets the nod over Ravichandran Ashwin for the spinner’s spot because of his superior batting abilities, according to the former keeper Saba Karim.

“When go out overseas in seaming conditions, then India’s template is to play with 5 bowlers with 4 seamers and 1 spinner. They need a good all-rounder at number 7, as they are playing with just 6 genuine batters. This is why Jadeja is preferred in overseas conditions. But I believe you need bowlers who can get you breakthroughs, which is why I feel Ashwin should get a chance in South Africa as well,” said Karim.

However, Ravindra Jadeja has a ligament tear while Axar Patel has a stress fracture ahead of the Proteas tour and may not be selected as their injuries may take a long time to heal. India will play against the Proteas in three Tests and as many ODI matches with the tour starting on December 26. 

New Zealand (File Photo) - GETTY IMAGES
New Zealand (File Photo) - GETTY IMAGES
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New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson Provided His Autographed T-Shirt And Ajaz Patel Donates His Ball To Mumbai Cricket Association Museum

New Zealand cricketers have donated generously to the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) planned museum.

While left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel gave him the ball with which he achieved his historic 10-wicket haul in the second Test against India at the Wankhede Stadium and his match shirt too, captain Kane Williamson, who missed the game due to a recurring elbow injury, donated the T-shirt that he wore in the recently-held series to the cricket body.

Kane Williamson and Ajaz Patel | BCCI
Kane Williamson and Ajaz Patel | BCCI

New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson Provided His Autographed T-Shirt For Mumbai Cricket Association For Its Upcoming Museum

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson followed up on Ajaz Patel’s gesture, as the star batter generously donated his jersey to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for its upcoming museum.

Kane Williamson (AP)
Kane Williamson (AP)

“After we requested the New Zealand media manager Willy Nicholls to ask his team if they can give us some memorabilia for our upcoming museum, Williamson was kind enough to provide us with his autographed Tshirt. It’s a lovely gesture from him,” a source in the MCA said.

It is being said that the MCA had requested New Zealand Media Manager Willy Nicholls to ask the Kiwi team if they could donate some memorabilia for the planned museum in Mumbai, and Kane Williamson didn’t miss the opportunity to win more Indian hearts with his lovely gesture.

Upon being requested, Kane Williamson has donated the jersey that he wore in the recently concluded Test series against India in a lovely gesture to the MCA’s planned museum, and the MCA was thankful for the gesture. Notably, Kane Williamson missed the second Test due to an injury in Mumbai.

Ajaz Patel Didn’t Mind Parting With The Ball With Which He Created History

On Tuesday, a day after the Wankhede Test, Ajaz Patel said he didn’t mind parting with the ball with which he created history for the MCA’s cause.

“It’s a special bit of memorabilia for them to be able to keep here. It’s special for me as well to leave something behind in Mumbai with my name on it. Because anyone who sees it will know that I’ve been here and achieved something,” said the left-arm spinner.

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

Earlier, New Zealand’s left-arm Ajaz Patel donated the ball with which he created history at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai by picking up all 10-wickets in an innings in the second Test against India. The Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel also donated his match T-shirt as well to the MCA for the museum.

Notably, the spinner became only the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings, joining Jim Laker and Anil Kumble, who had achieved the milestone in 1956 and 1999. He also registered the best figures for a bowler against India in Test cricket. India registered a record 372 runs win over New Zealand in the second Test and sealed the two-match Test series 1-0.

Ajaz Patel----Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
Ajaz Patel----Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
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I Would Love To Play In The IPL As It’s An Amazing Tournament, Says Ajaz Patel

Ajaz Patel, a New Zealand spinner on Tuesday said that he “would love to play in the Indian Premier League” if an opportunity comes knocking on his door.

In an exclusive chat, the off-spinner spoke about his aspirations of playing in the cash-rich league, saying it would be a “privilege” to participate in IPL in India.

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

Ajaz Patel Would Be Privileged If Opportunity Comes To Bag An IPL Contract

Ajaz Patel concluded the 2nd Test match with statistics of 14/225. However, the Black Caps were defeated by India in the second Test by 372 runs. The 33-year-old stated that he is willing to participate in the IPL if he is selected by any of the teams and described the cash-rich competition as an incredible tournament.

“Yeah, hopefully, if the opportunity presents itself, I would love to play in the IPL [Indian Premier League] in India,” the left-arm orthodox spinner said.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Ajaz Patel also heaped praise on the quality of the league and what it meant for cricket fans around the world.

“It’s an amazing tournament. Everyone follows it really closely and it brings a lot of cheers and thrills around the world. So, it’s a great tournament and I will be privileged if the opportunity came,” he added.

Ajaz Patel became the talk of the town when he took all 10 Indian wickets in the first innings of the second Test match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Ajaz Patel has represented the Kiwis in 7 T20Is, picking up 11 wickets at an economy rate of below 5 averaging a mere 10.72. He has also taken 73 wickets from 62 T20 games at an economy rate of 7.54 in the shortest format of the game. He has 43 scalps in 11 Tests averaging 27.13.

Ajaz Patel Becomes Only 3rd Bowler To Take All 10 Scalps In An Innings After Jim Laker And Anil Kumble

With this feat, he joined an elite list of cricketers to have taken a perfect 10. In 1956, England spinner Jim Laker tormented the Australian team in The Ashes with 10 wickets in an innings to become the first player to achieve the feat. Indian spinner Anil Kumble joined Jim Laker with an epic 10-wicket haul in an innings in the Delhi Test against Pakistan in 1999.

Jim Laker (L) and Anil Kumble (R).
Jim Laker (L) and Anil Kumble (R).(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/@ICC/Reuters)

Ajaz Patel’s phenomenal feat however ended in a losing cause as New Zealand went down by 372 runs and lost the two-match series 0-1 to India. Despite the attention he has received as a result of his recent success in India, Ajaz wishes to remain grounded and not let stardom go to his head. Ajaz Patel became the series’ leading wicket-taker, with 17 wickets from two games at an average of 22.06.

Ajaz Patel----Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
Ajaz Patel----Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
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Great To Be Congratulated By Virat Kohli And Rahul Dravid After 10-Wicket Haul In The 1st Innings Of Wankhede Test: Ajaz Patel

Ajaz Patel, a New Zealand spinner said that Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli coming to congratulate him in the BlackCaps dressing room is a very big thing for him and he now just hopes to raise his game with each match.

Ajaz Patel recently become just the third bowler in the history of the game, after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble, to pick all ten wickets in a single Test inning. He achieved the feat against India in the recently-concluded Mumbai Test.

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

Ajaz Patel Feels Good To Pick All 10 Wickets In A Single Test Innings In His Birthplace Mumbai

After the feat, Ajaz Patel also gained 23 spots in the ICC Test bowler rankings to sit in 38th place. The 33-year-old spinner took 14 wickets in the second Test to become the bowler with the second-best figures for a New Zealand bowler. The tally also included a 10-wicket haul as he became only the third player after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble to do so.

“It is a very good feeling, picking all ten wickets in a single Test innings is a big feat. Anil Kumble and Jim Laker are big names, both of them have a big number of wickets in their kitty. So being alongside them is a special feat and to do in it Mumbai, which is my birthplace, makes it all the more special,” Ajaz Patel said.

“I never thought that I would be able to achieve this kind of feat in Mumbai. Just playing at the Wankhede was special for me. I never thought that I will be able to take so many wickets in Mumbai. It is about destiny I feel,” he added.

Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)

Further talking about his feat, Ajaz said: “If I am telling the truth, when I had taken nine wickets, then I thought I have a chance of picking all ten. There were four balls left in my over and I realized those were the most important. I was lucky that I was able to get the tenth wicket in that over. Rachin Ravindra took a very good catch and it all went according to plan.”

Ajaz Patel went on to add that he knew he had a chance to claim the 10 wicket haul after picking the ninth wicket and praised Rachin Ravindra for taking a good catch to help him script history.

Ajaz Patel lauded the sportsmanship shown by Indian players as while Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli went to the dressing room to congratulate him, seasoned Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin interviewed him after the match and also presented him with a jersey signed by members of the Indian cricket team.

Ajaz Patel Felt It Was Great To Be Congratulated By Virat Kohli And Rahul Dravid

New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel, who bagged a record 10-for against India in the first innings of the Mumbai Test, lauded the sportsmanship shown by Indian players and said Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli congratulating him for the historic feat was a huge thing for him.

“I do not know whether I will get a chance to get as many wickets again but the intention would always be to pick more wickets. Rahul Dravid congratulated me, he came to acknowledge me in the dressing room and this is a very big thing for me. We all know about the history of Dravid.”

“Virat Kohli also congratulated me. He is the leader of India and if he is coming to acknowledge you, it is a big thing. Mohammed Siraj congratulated me and then Ravichandran Ashwin took my interview and presented me the signed India jersey. Sportsmanship is a big part of our game,” he added.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

Talking about his love for Mumbai, the Kiwi spinner said: “The main thing is my name would always be there on the Mumbai Honours Board. It can never be erased. When I took four wickets on the first day, I knew if I take one more wicket, my name would be there on the Honours Board. I got so many messages and calls. As soon as I opened my phone, it got filled with messages.”

“For me, all ten wickets are equal. The main thing for me was to bowl with good intensity. After bowling 30 odd overs, the body gets tired and then you need to focus more. I kept on getting wickets and all ten wickets are equally important for me,” he added.

The Kiwi spinner also opened up on how he would love to play for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) if the opportunity presents itself.

“I have always supported Mumbai Indians. If I ever get selected in the IPL, it would be a big honour for me,” said Ajaz.

However, Ajaz Patel’s effort went in vain as Mayank Agarwal’s heroics with the bat in the 1st and 2nd innings (150 and 62) and Jayant Yadav’s four-wicket haul in the second innings besides Ravichandran Ashwin’s performances with the ball in both innings (8 wicket haul) helped India defeat New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test.

Mayank Agarwal. (Photo: BCCI)
Mayank Agarwal. (Photo: BCCI)
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A Test Hundred Is Always Special And This One Will Remain Forever So: Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal, the Indian opening batter on Sunday said the century against New Zealand in the second Test will remain with him forever.

Mayank Agarwal had registered a century on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test against New Zealand on Friday. This was his fourth Test ton and the batter bettered his score as he hit 150 on Day Two of the second Test.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal[photo: Twitter]

Mayank Agarwal Tweets That A Test Hundred Is Always Special

Mayank Agarwal became only the 4th India opener to hit two fifty-plus scores in a Test match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Karnataka star followed up his 150 in the first innings with 62 runs in the second. The opener missed out on an opportunity to become only the 7th Indian batsman to hit a hundred in each innings of a Test match.

“Grit, Determination & Resilience. A test hundred is always special and this one will remain forever so,” Mayank tweeted.

Mayank Agarwal has played 16 Tests amassing 1294 runs at an impressive average of 47.93. He didn’t do well in Australia recently and played the two Tests against New Zealand only because opener KL Rahul got injured and another opener Rohit Sharma was rested.

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

The right-handed batter on Sunday scored 62 in the second innings before getting out on Day three. India managed 276/7 in their 2nd innings before declaring on the 3rd day giving New Zealand an uphill task to chase 540 runs. Mayank Agarwal (62), Cheteshwar Pujara(47), Shubman Gill (47), Virat Kohli (36), and Axar Patel (41*) were the chief contributors with the willow.

Mayank Agarwal got out for 150 in the first innings, becoming one of the 10 victims of Ajaz Patel who became only the third bowler in the history of Test cricket after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble to pick up all 10 wickets in an innings. It was Ajaz Patel who got Mayank Agarwal’s wicket in the second innings as well.

Mayank Agarwal And Shubman Gill Sustained Injuries

Mayank Agarwal was hit on his right forearm and as a result, he didn’t take the field in the second innings of the ongoing Wankhede Test against New Zealand. His opening partner Shubman Gill too didn’t take the field after being hit during fielding in the first innings on Saturday.

Shubman Gill (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)
Shubman Gill (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)

India dominated Day 3 of the second Test against New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. New Zealand batters Daryl Mitchell and Henry Nicholls were the only positive for the visitors on Sunday as Kiwis score read 140/5 at the end of Day 3 of the ongoing second Test against India. India defeated New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test of the two-match series at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday-4th day winning the series 1-0.

Virat Kohli’s side will head to South Africa for three Tests and three ODIs, beginning December 26. The 4 T20Is scheduled alongside Tests and ODIs will be held on the next tour. New Zealand was bowled out for 167, handing the hosts a 372-run win.

India 325 (Agarwal 150, Axar 52, Ajaz 10-119) and 276 for 7 declared (Agarwal 62, Ajaz 4-106) beat New Zealand 62 (Ashwin 4-8, Siraj 3-19) and 167 (Mitchell 60, Nicholls 44, Ashwin 4-34, Jayant 4-49) by 372 runs

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