New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel has said that his coach Shane Jurgensen has sent a video of his all international wicket ahead of Mumbai Test to boost his confidence after a poor Kanpur Test against India.
Ajaz Patel became the third bowler to take all 10 wickets in a Test innings after Anil Kumble and Jim Laker.
India might have dominated the game but Ajaz heroics in Mumbai Test will be remembered for a long time.
“Shane really fizzed me up for this one. If I am honest, in the last game I did not have my rhythm and Shane actually sent me a clip of me against the world — basically he sent me a clip of all my wickets against different opponents. That really got me fizzed up and I was excited about this game… about coming here to Mumbai and that’s what I needed. He just keeps finding ways to get the best out of the guys,” Patel said in a video released by New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
Anil Kumble who had also achieved this rare feat congratulated Ajaz Patel for his excellent effort against India in Mumbai Test. Replying to this Patel said all these messages are special for him.
“To get messages from such amazing cricketers and legends of the game, it’s been very, very special for me and I thank them all for their kind words. I hope to get around to all of them but obviously to get so many messages, it’s overwhelming but it is very, very special to be mentioned alongside some legends and even to get messages from some of legends… it’s quite amazing,” said Patel.
He said that it was a special occasion not only for him but whole of New Zealand.
“Obviously, it’s a special day for me and also a special day for whole of New Zealand to have a New Zealand bowler up there and to achieve something like that is very special for me, my family obviously for all their support, my extended family and my cousins who have always given me a lot of support. It’s amazing, amazing achievement for me and I never dreamt that something like this will happen to me in cricket.
“But here I am standing in Mumbai with 10 wickets in an innings against my name, it’s very special,” he said.