Ajaz Patel : "Pretty cool to pick up those 4 wickets, but job is only half done"

Ajaz Patel : “Pretty cool to pick up those 4 wickets, but job is only half done”

Left-arm spinner of Indian origin playing against India at the Wankhede Stadium and dominating the batsmen?  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Thats right. Montey Panesar had done it for England at two different tours. And through the first session, New Zealand’s Ajaz Patel, bowing in Mumbai, has replicated that performance. At one point his figures read 12-7-14-3, which included the wickets of captain Virat Kohli and Mr.Dependable Cheteshwar Pujara for ducks.

Pretty cool, but job is only half done – Ajaz Patel

“Pretty cool,” Ajaz said of his day’s work. “This is what dreams are made of. To be out here and pick up four wickets on the first day is pretty special. At the same time the job is only half done. So we have got to make sure we turn up tomorrow and really work hard for the last six wickets.”

“Everyone was out there working hard and poor old Rachin came down with a bug this morning,” Ajaz said. “He fought his way out there throughout the day. It is pretty impressive form the young man to be able to stick it out. It really shows his character. Tomorrow is a new day. We start fresh, and we go again. It is just about bowling in partnerships. I am sure we will turn up tomorrow.”

Help for Spin bowlers here at Wankhede – Ajaz Patel

At the end of Day 1’s play, India’s scorecard read 221 for 4 having been 80 for 3 at one point, which has already given India a handy advantage in this Test. Ajaz said New Zealand will need long periods of good bowling to claw their way back into the Test.

“Test cricket is really about keeping it simple and consistently hitting good areas over a long period of time and challenging the batsmen over a long period,” Ajaz said. “Tomorrow’s game plan is very simple. Try and restrict them as much as possible. Bowl a lot of good balls. Force them to hit good balls as opposed to allowing them to hurt us with the bad ones. We just need to make sure we are consistent and in good areas for long periods of time.

“There is definitely assistance out there for spin bowling. And we have got more bounce than we had in Kanpur. So as a spinner you still want to bowl and work hard and put it in the good area for a long time. It is really about keeping the game plan really simple and using the wicket as much as possible.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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