India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mumbai, Dec 3 – 7 2021, New Zealand tour of India
Toss : India won the toss and chose to bat first
Day 2 Report: Ajaz Patel. Mayank Agarwal’s 150 has been overshadowed by Ajaz’s 10 wickets in the same innings. And rightly so. Ajaz deserves all the praise in the world. Logical cricket fans won’t even entertain the thought a bowler picking up all the wickets. But then, that is what cricket is all about. What happens on the field can’t be predicted even if one uses all the logical senses in the world. The Mumbai-born bowled 47.5 overs out of the 109.5 overs for NZ. He was visibly tired after picking bowling 40 overs but Axar Patel’s wicket gave him a boost. He was all enthusiastic again.
Axar Patel scored his maiden fifty. India put a competitive total of 325 on the board. But of course, whatever happens in the other 3 innings, won’t be as highlighted as this innings. Ajaz Patel has gone down in the history books and I don’t think we might be able to witness this moment ever again. Even if we do, this 10-wicket haul will always remain dear to all of the true cricket fans who support quality cricket over anything else.
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Kyle Jamieson: “We’ve had a fair amount of cricket. From my point of view fortunate in a way to have that time off in the World Cup to take a step back and to work on a few things to build my body back over the course of 3 or 4 weeks. It’s tough work but looking forward to the challenge today. We came down for lunch yesterday, we played a little bit of cards, been a good chance to take a step back and refresh.
It was tough five days up in Kanpur, nice to have a chance to rest and recover and get ready for today. We had two contrasting games (in the IPL, playing at Wankhede), we won by 10 wickets in one and one where it was so hot that we cooked ourselves and got rolled with the bat. Maybe a little bit more for the bowlers here but from what I have been told it does, it can break up and turn as well.
For us, it’s about trying to adapt and take our game based on what the situation gives us and see what happens. We knew we had two Tests, and we are coming over here to try and win the series, wasn’t about drawing the series or just trying to compete. It was about winning a game and winning the series. Certainly lucky to be in a position we are now coming into this Test and we’d be putting our best foot forward in the next five days.”
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. 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.
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All 10 Wickets taken by 1 Bowler : Video of Ajaz Patel 10 Wickets : IND v NZhttps://t.co/R3OabXoLDM
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