Former Indian opener, Virender Sehwag has showered praises on Ajaz Patel after the left-arm spinner recalled a funny incident, saying the former India batter had hit him out of the park during his stint as a net bowler in the past. Sehwag highlighted that the cricket fraternity is talking more about Ajaz’s achievement than India’s series win in Mumbai and wished the spinner the best for the future.
Ajaz Patel became only the third man in the history of Test cricket to scalp all 10 wickets of an innings in Test cricket. He had a memorable return to the city of his birth as the left-arm spinner picked up 14 wickets, setting a new record for the most wickets taken in a Test against India. Ajaz, who went to New Zealand at the age of 8, did not begin as a spin bowler but a left-arm seam bowler. However, he took to spin bowling with the help of coaches in New Zealand and made a mark in a steady manner.
In 11 Tests, Ajaz Patel has scalped 43 wickets, 14 of which came during the 2nd Test in Mumbai. Responding to a congratulatory message from Sehwag, Ajaz recalled Virender Sehwag smashing him for sixes.
In his tweet, Ajaz Patel wrote: “Thank you @virendersehwag, funny story I still remember you smashing me out of the ground at the outer oval at Eden Park when I came in as a net bowler.”
Waqt ki aadat hai , badalta zaroor hai. What you have achieved in Mumbai is extra-ordinary so much so that India ki jeet se jyada aapke charche hain. May you achieve ever more success and good luck. https://t.co/yqA34WOGZG
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 6, 2021
Replying to the same, Virender Sehwag wrote: “Waqt ki aadat hai , badalta zaroor hail (Time has a habit of changing). What you have achieved in Mumbai is extra-ordinary so much so that India ki jeet se jyada aapke charche hain. May you achieve ever more success and good luck.”
Meanwhile, Team India gifted a signed jersey to Ajaz Patel, who was felicitated by the Maharashtra Cricket Association. The MCA gave a framed copy of the scoresheet of the 2nd Test to the milestone man.