New Zealand scripted an emphatic victory over New Zealand by just runs in the first test on Sunday. While there were match-winners for New Zealand in the match, the one who caught everyone’s attention was indeed the left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel.
Playing his debut match at the age of 30, Ajaz Patel took his first five-for in the second innings of the match, helping his side win the match by four runs in the end. With his performance, the 30-year-old also becomes the man-of-the-match in only in his first test.
To get your facts clear, Ajaz Patel now becomes the fifth India to represent New Zealand in the International arena. The left-arm spinner was actually born in Mumbai before he moved in New Zealand with his family when he was only eight- year old.
Ajaz, perhaps, started his cricketing career as a fast-bowler, however, he eventually ended up becoming a spin bowler. “ I recall a game where I opened the bowling then ended up coming back and bowling spin. My spin ended up taking more wickets. It was something different, but I loved it.”
The fast-bowler turned spinner also enjoyed a fantastic first-class career, having taken 194 wickets for Central Districts at an average of 29.32.
Having claimed match figures of 7 for 123, Ajaz now becomes the third New Zealand bowler to bag five-for in their debut test.