Mumbai: Mumbai-born New Zealand left-arm spinner is hurting the Indian team at his birthplace, and he feels very special about his performance.
Ajaz Patel, who moved to New Zealand when he was eight, has said, "This is what the dreams are made of, to be out here and go out there and pick up four wickets on the first day is pretty special", as he took four of Indian top-order wickets on the first day of the second test between India and New Zealand in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
India had a rough start to the second day as well, and once again, the reason was a fellow India-born player Ajaz Patel.
Kiwis jewel spinner dismissed two crucial middle-order players in the first over of Day 2 game and brought his team out of pressure that Mayank Agarwal had created on the previous day with his ton by hitting swifts shots.
The 33-year-old Kiwis player made his test debut in 2018, and this red-ball game between India and New Zealand in Wankhede is proving to be his best innings, and it is "pretty special for him to be back in his hometown" and play such spectacular cricket.
Patel started his wicket hunt with Shubhman Gill (44), breaking the strong opening partnership of 80, he was lauded by many when he dismissed the 'new Rahul Dravid' for India, Cheteshwar Pujara for a duck with a spectacular ball that the Indian failed to analyze and lost his place at that 22-yards.
Ajaz also had his hands on the ball that led to the controversial dismissal of Captain Kohli, sparking various debates in the cricket world.
His fourth victim was Kanpur Test centurion Shreyas Iyer as he dismissed him for 18 to break his 80-run partnership with Agarwal.
To start the day with many celebrations, Tom Latham shouldered the responsibilities to Ajaz Patel once again. That definitely reaped sweet fruits for visitors as Wriddhiman Saha was dismissed for 27 runs in the first over of the year the second day game, followed by Ravichandran Ashwin on the next ball.
India currently stands at 264 runs after 91.3 overs at the loss of six wickets.