Ajaz Yunus Patel (born 21 October 1988) is a New Zealand cricketer born in Mumbai, India who plays for Central Districts in domestic cricket.[1] He emigrated with his family from Mumbai when he was eight years old, and was formerly a left-arm seam bowler.[2] Patel is a slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler. He made his international debut for the New Zealand cricket team in October 2018.[3] The following month, he made his Test debut for New Zealand, taking five wickets in the second innings.[4] In May 2020, New Zealand Cricket awarded him with a central contract, ahead of the 2020–21 season.[5][6]

Ajaz Patel
Personal information
Full name
Ajaz Yunus Patel
Born (1988-10-21) 21 October 1988 (age 34)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 274)16 November 2018 v Pakistan
Last Test02 January 2023 v Pakistan
T20I debut (cap 79)31 October 2018 v Pakistan
Last T20I10 September 2021 v Bangladesh
T20I shirt no.24
Domestic team information
2012/13–Central Districts
Career statistics
Competition Test T20I FC LA
Matches 12 7 78 32
Runs scored 91 7 1,149 181
Batting average 9.10 3.50 14.36 15.08
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/2 0/0
Top score 20 4 52 45
Balls bowled 2,495 156 17,885 1,573
Wickets 43 11 287 33
Bowling average 27.65 10.72 32.32 43.27
5 wickets in innings 3 0 20 0
10 wickets in match 1 0 4 0
Best bowling 10/119 4/16 10/119 3/43
Catches/stumpings 6/– 0/– 54/– 17/–
Source: Cricinfo, 03 January 2023

In December 2021, in the second Test against India, Patel became the third bowler in Test cricket to take all ten wickets in an innings. Jim Laker and Anil Kumble were the others to do so.[7] However, New Zealand still met with a heavy defeat in the match. This makes Patel the only one of the mentioned three to end up on the losing side after this achievement (England defeated Australia in Laker's Test and India defeated Pakistan in the Kumble one).

Domestic careerEdit

Patel made his List A debut on 27 December 2015 in the 2015–16 Ford Trophy.[8] He took the most wickets in the 2015–16 Plunket Shield season, with 43 dismissals.[9] He was also the leading wicket-taker in the following season, with 44 dismissals.[10]

In April 2018, Patel was named the Men's Domestic Player of the Year at the New Zealand Cricket Awards.[11] He finished the 2017–18 Plunket Shield season as the leading wicket-taker, with 48 dismissals in nine matches.[12] In June 2018, he was awarded a contract with Central Districts for the 2018–19 season.[13] In July 2022, Patel was signed by Glamorgan to play in their final four matches of the County Championship in England, he took a total of 14 wickets.[14]

International careerEdit

In July 2018, Patel was named in New Zealand's Test squad for their series against Pakistan.[15][16] In October 2018, he was named in New Zealand's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad, also for their series against Pakistan.[17] He made his T20I debut for New Zealand against Pakistan on 31 October 2018.[18] During the same tour, he was also added to New Zealand's One Day International (ODI) squad, but he did not play in the ODI series.[19] He made his Test debut for New Zealand against Pakistan on 16 November 2018.[20] He took five wickets in the second innings, with New Zealand winning by four runs,[21] and was named the man of the match.[22] In August 2021, Patel was named in New Zealand's ODI squad for their tour of Pakistan.[23]

India 2021: Ten wicketsEdit

In November 2021, Patel was named in New Zealand's Test squad for their two-match series in India.[24] The first Test finished in a draw late on day five,[25] with Patel taking 2/90 in the first innings, and 1/60 in the second innings of the match.[26] The second Test started on 3 December 2021, with Patel taking all ten wickets in the first innings of the match, finishing with figures of 10/119 from 47.5 overs.[27] Patel became the third bowler, after Jim Laker in 1956 and Anil Kumble in 1999, to take all ten wickets in an innings of a Test match.[28] In the second innings, Patel took a further four wickets,[29] finishing the match with 14/225, the best bowling figures in a Test match against India.[30]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ajaz Patel". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Late bloomer Ajaz Patel ready for Black Caps test debut after spin switch in his 20s". Stuff. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  3. ^ "'Went quicker than expected' – Ajaz Patel on T20I debut". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Debutant Ajaz Patel spins New Zealand to thrilling win". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Devon Conway offered New Zealand contract, Colin Munro and Jeet Raval lose deals". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Three new players offered NZC contracts". New Zealand Cricket. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Ajaz Patel: New Zealand spinner became third bowler in Test history to take 10 wickets in an innings". BBC Sport. 4 December 2021. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  8. ^ "The Ford Trophy, Central Districts v Canterbury at Napier, Dec 27, 2015". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Plunket Shield, 2015/16 / Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Plunket Shield, 2016/17 / Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Trent Boult wins Sir Richard Hadlee Medal". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Plunket Shield, 2017/18: Most wickets". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Central Districts drop Jesse Ryder from contracts list". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Glamorgan give Ajaz Patel chance to bring consolation to quiet English summer". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  15. ^ "New Zealand pick uncapped spinner Ajaz Patel for Tests in UAE". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Late bloomer Ajaz Patel ready for Black Caps test debut after spin switch in his 20s". Stuff. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  17. ^ "New Zealand call up uncapped Ajaz Patel for Pakistan T20Is". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  18. ^ "1st T20I (N), New Zealand tour of United Arab Emirates at Abu Dhabi, Oct 31 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Ajaz Patel earns maiden ODI call-up for New Zealand". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  20. ^ "1st Test, New Zealand tour of United Arab Emirates at Abu Dhabi, Nov 16-20 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  21. ^ "How did that happen? Black Caps stun Pakistan with remarkable comeback victory". Stuff. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  22. ^ "The fifth-narrowest win in Test cricket". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Black Caps announce Twenty20 World Cup squad, two debutants for leadup tours with stars absent". Stuff. 9 August 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  24. ^ "Patel & Somerville to lead Test spin attack in India". New Zealand Cricket. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  25. ^ "India v New Zealand: Tourists bat out final day to earn draw in Kanpur". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  26. ^ "Coach's timely boost helped Ajaz Patel take all-10 in an innings". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  27. ^ "How Black Caps bowling coach got Ajaz Patel 'fizzed' for record-breaking feat". Stuff. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  28. ^ "Laker, Kumble, Patel: how the trio claimed all ten". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  29. ^ "India v New Zealand: Hosts close on win in second Test and series". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  30. ^ "Ajaz Patel's record figures and left-arm spinners' delight". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2021.

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