Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has analyzed Ajaz Patel’s bowling after his historic achievement in the first innings of the second India-New Zealand Test in Mumbai. However, he became only the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to pick up all 10 wickets in a single inning.
Patel got turns and bounce from his very first spell in Mumbai and bowled 47.5 overs in the first innings. However, Hogg has noted that despite creating history, Ajaz Patel needed to improve his consistency as well. He also compared his line and lengths to India spinner Axar Patel.
While speaking on his YouTube channel, Hogg said: “If I compare Ajaz Patel with Axar Patel, the one thing he needs to work on, is his consistency. The Mumbai wicket helped him to get away with that inconsistency. Because if you bowled a little bit fuller and the batsmen didn’t use their feet, the ball was going to turn easily. If you look at Axar Patel, the majority of the deliveries are pitched in the good length area.”
However, Patel did not have a great show in the first Test. After taking the 10 wicket-haul in the first innings of the second Test, he picked up 4 more wickets in the second innings, taking his match tally to 14 wickets as well.
Meanwhile, Brad Hogg also praised India opener Mayank Agarwal who played well against Ajaz Patel. While the left-arm spinner was troubling the Indian batting unit, Mayank kept the scoreboard ticking and struck 17 fours and 4 sixes in his first innings knock of 150 as well.
“Mayank Agarwal was under a lot of pressure after getting the opportunity to open after a long time. At 80-3, all of a sudden he had to think about how he should approach this situation, he had the new batsman Iyer at the other end and Ajaz Patel being the biggest threat. Should I take him on or take the more conservative approach. He took the aggressive approach, he came down the track for the flighted deliveries and hung back for the flatter ones. Sometimes you have to take calculative risks,” Brad Hogg concluded.