Kiwi spinner Ajaz Patel had to wait a long time to make his presence known to the New Zealand selectors. But once he was selected, he grabbed the opportunity with open arms and in a most scintillating way possible.
He debuted in the Test match against Pakistan and secured a five-wicket haul in the second innings. This helped his team to register one of the finest wins in the history of the game.
Giving an interview about the win and his man of the match award, Ajaz said that the match was a display of New Zealand’s never-say-die attitude.
New Zealand went on to the field to defend a low total of 175 against host Pakistan and went on to snatch a 4-run win. Ajaz also spoke extensively about the self-belief in the team which helped them to conquer the tricky situation.
“To be honest we had the belief that it can happen on this wicket which wasn’t easy to bat on and we kept that belief that we can pull that off. I think it’s a very much a New Zealand environment thing, that is that everything is possible at any point of time and we always go out and fight regardless of chasing or defending a small total or a large total,” said Patel as quoted by CNN News 18.
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Ajaz was born in Mumbai and at six years of age, he shifted to New Zealand with his family. He revealed that he knows a thing or two about being an Indian cricket fan.
Ajaz’s 48 wickets in the domestic season for Central Stags helped him to secure a place in the national side. Currently he focussing to longer his stay and play against India in the next year. He also revealed that it would be a great challenge bowling to Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
“As a growing Indian you are always passionate about cricket and you watch a lot of great Indian players just like I have watched New Zealand players. Kohli will be a great challenge. You always want to challenge yourself against the best and he is the best in the world. So if that comes I will cherish it and give it the best crack,” the off-spinner said.