Ajaz Patel, the New Zealand left-arm spinner, created history on Dec. 4 after picking up all 10 wickets in India’s first innings on Day 2 of the second Test match at the Wankhede Stadium. He became only the third bowler in the history of cricket to achieve the spectacular feat.

Patel plays for Central Districts in domestic cricket. The door to the national team opened for Ajaz when he was past 30. Continue reading to know more about him!

Where was Ajaz Patel Born? His Age & Family

Ajaz Patel, whose full name is Ajaz Yunus Patel, was born on October 21, 1988, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He is the only son born to his parents – Yunus, a shop owner, and Shahnaz Patel, a teacher. He has two younger sisters – Sanaa and Tanzeel.

In 1996, when Patel was eight years old, his family moved to New Zealand in search of better career opportunities. At the time, they already had extended family in New Zealand.

International Career Debut

Patel, who started his career as a fast bowler, made his international debut for the New Zealand cricket team in October 2018. He made his Test debut for the Black Caps against Pakistan the following month, where he took five wickets in the second innings and was named the man of the match.

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In May 2020, New Zealand Cricket awarded him with a central contract, ahead of the 2020–21 season. The spinner was named in New Zealand’s ODI squad for their tour of Pakistan in August 2021.

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History-Making Bowling

On December 4, in the second test against India at the Wankhede Stadium, New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel became only the third bowler in international cricket history to take all ten wickets in an innings.

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Ajaz Patel creates history, takes 10 Wickets. Photo Source: Instagram

The 5′ 8″ tall Patel joined England off-spinner Jim Laker (1956 against Australia) and India leg-spinner Anil Kumble (1999 against Pakistan) as the only bowlers in history to take all wickets in an innings.

Patel, who had taken four of India’s wickets on Day 1, took six more wickets on Day 2 to become the first New Zealand bowler to take a 10-wicket haul in an innings. He finished with the eye-popping figures of 10-119.

Anil Kumble, spin bowling legend who took 619 test wickets for India, wrote on Twitter:

“Welcome to the club #AjazPatel #Perfect10. Well bowled! A special effort to achieve it on day one and two of a test match.”

A Happily Married Man

The New Zealand spinner is happily married to his wife, Nilofer Patel. The couple shares a child together.

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Ajaz Patel with his wife, Nilofer Patel. Photo Source: Instagram

In January 2022, the lovebirds will be celebrating their seventh marriage anniversary.


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