The Indian all-rounder, Axar Patel has been going through the purple patch in his career as he managed to take his maiden 10-wicket haul in the longest format of the game in his second game itself. He achieved the milestone during the ongoing third Test against England in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Axar, who had returned 6 for 38 in the first innings, managed to end the second innings with the spell of 5 for 32 in the second innings.
England was dismissed for 112 and 81 setting India, who made 145 in the first innings, 49 runs to win. Axar ran through England’s top order, dismissing each of England’s top four batsmen. Openers Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley, No. 3 Jonny Bairstow, and captain Joe Root all succumbed to the bowling of the left-arm spinner as they failed to pick the deliveries that turned from the ones that went straight on.
Axar was on a hat-trick at one point after having taken England’s last wicket in the first innings and then returning to dismiss Crawley on the first ball of England’s second innings. He almost completed the hat-trick, but there was some drama involved as Bairstow was given out lbw on the field but a review saved him.
The reprieve didn’t last long as Bairstow was bamboozled by Axar Patel on the very next ball. The latter went from strength to strength here onwards as he also dismissed Sibley caught behind soon after and trapped Root lbw to rattle England’s top order. Patel also got the crucial wicket of the wicket-keeper batsman Ben Foakes to complete his five-wicket haul.
Courtesy of Axar’s haul and Ravichandran Ashwin’s brilliant spell of 4 for 48 from the other end, England were dismissed for their lowest-ever total in India – 81.
During the course of the innings, R Ashwin also got to 400 Test wickets and became the fastest Indian bowler to get to the milestone and second fastest around the world.