'Simply unreal': Cricket world in disbelief over Ajaz Patel history

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Seen here, Ajaz Patel celebrates after becoming just the third player in Test history to take all 10 wickets in an innings.
Ajaz Patel became just the third player in Test history to take all 10 wickets in an innings. Pic: AAP

Past and present cricket players, commentators and fans take to social media in droves to congratulate New Zealand bowler Ajaz Patel on one of the most extraordinary feats in the history of Test cricket.

Patel became just the third bowler in history to take all 10 wickets in a Test innings during his side's second match against India.

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The Kiwi spinner admitted afterwards that the "stars have aligned" for him to enjoy record figures of 10-119 in Mumbai - which is in fact where the bowler was born.

The 33-year-old Patel took four wickets on day one and added another six on day two - two in his first over of the day and another four after lunch, as India were dismissed for 325 in the series-deciding Test at Wankhede Stadium.

He became only second bowler to achieve the feat on Indian soil.

Jim Laker (10-53), for England against Australia in 1956, and Anil Kumble (10-74), for India against Pakistan in 1999, were the only bowlers to have previously taken all 10 wickets in a Test innings.

"Welcome to the club AjazPatel. Perfect10. Well bowled!" Kumble said in a tweet.

Both Laker and Patel represented Auckland in New Zealand's domestic circuit. Patel said he's in "very illustrious company" to be alongside Laker and Kumble in the history books.

"By the grace of God, I am very fortunate, the stars have aligned for me, having an occasion like that here in Mumbai," Patel said.

He is playing in his 11th Test. In his previous 10, he had taken just 29 wickets across 18 innings but now has 39 in 19 (before India's second innings).

"It's just about finding good rhythm and just being repetitive, asking good questions of the batters," he said.

"It is quite a special occasion for me; not only me, my wife, my mom and dad, my family. A very special day for me. To be born here and then come back here and achieve something like that is pretty special," said Patel, who moved to New Zealand with his family when he was a child.

Cricket world hails incredible Ajaz Patel feat

The astonishing achievement left cricket fans and players alike, in a state of disbelief and awe.

Unfortunately for Patel, a collapse from New Zealand's batsmen - who were bowled out for 62 - saw India take control of the match after reaching 0-69 in their second innings for an overall lead of 332 runs.

First innings centurion Mayank Agarwal moved on to an unbeaten 38, with Cheteshwar Pujara on 29, when play ended due to bad light on day two.

Overall, India lead by 332 after New Zealand were skittled out for just 62 in 28.1 overs in their first innings.

After lunch, India were bowled out in 10 overs. Agarwal was caught behind and then Axar Patel's (52) innings came to an end.

Jayant Yadav and Mohammed Siraj were caught as Patel completed his historic rout.

Pictured here, New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel celebrates his historic haul against India.
New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel celebrates his historic haul against India. Pic: AAP

In response, New Zealand's innings stuttered from the start.

Siraj blew away the top-order with pace and movement. Tom Latham (10) and Will Young (4) were caught at slip, while Ross Taylor (1) was beaten for pace and bowled.

The Black Caps collapsed to 6-38 at tea as Indian spinners got into action and wickets tumbled quickly afterwards, with Kyle Jamieson's 17 the top score.

Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 4-8 in eight overs as only two New Zealand batsmen got into double figures and India took a 263-run lead before deciding not to enforce the follow-on.

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