February 7, 1999… The day at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium was recorded in history, when India’s great spin bowler Anil Kumble made a perfect-10 record against Pakistan. India-born New Zealand spinner Ejaz Patel repeated the feat after more than a decade at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. He became only the third cricketer to achieve this feat.
“It takes a lot of hard work,” he said. Yes, but many other things also need to be there. For example, on the bowling of a bowler, the catches of all the batsmen are required to be in the hands of the fielders (other than the bold, LBW). Here the fielders need to lane those catches. The same thing happened with Ejaz today, as it happened with me.
The 51-year-old former Indian coach said about his feelings after taking all 10 wickets in the innings, “When the tenth wicket fell against Pakistan, my first feeling was happiness that we had defeated Pakistan. It was the most important thing that we won the Test and leveled the series. This was the fourth innings of the match. We both were celebrating the moment. So it was very special for me.
On the other hand, for Ajaz Patel, who achieved the feat on the second day of the match, Kumble said – Ajaz must now find himself in a different place. He had a perfect 10 in the first innings of the Test, but New Zealand are not in a very good position. However, it is a truly memorable achievement. I am so happy for her. On all three 10-wicket club members being spinners, Kumble said, “Obviously, one thing is that you should bowl longer. I know all three members of the Perfect Ten club are spinners, maybe it has something to do with it.
Kumble admitted that the burden of life and expectations had changed after 10 wickets and hoped the same would not happen to Ajaz. He said- My life had changed. After my 10, everyone started expecting 10 wickets. Maybe and hope that Ajaz doesn’t have such expectations in New Zealand, but it’s amazing that he achieved it and I’m sure his life will change. It’s all about how the Perfect Ten Man is known. To get all the ten at your place of birth (in Mumbai) is really great work. Kumble also said- The interesting thing is that three of my teammates who were on the field, when I got ten, they were still at Wankhede – Rahul Dravid, Javagal Srinath and Joshi.
How did Ejaz Patel handle the Indian team alone?
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