The talk of the town is Ajaz Patel’s phenomenal bowling figures against India in the first innings of the second test match. However, Muttiah Muralitharan was also at a similar point once in 2002 against Zimbabwe.
However, New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel went on to bowl beautifully against India recently. He went on to remove one batsman after the other in the first innings of the second test match.
Moreover, even the red soil of the Wankhede pitch went on to help the Mumbai born New Zealand spinner. He went on to put up a quality effort when the bowl was not doing much through the pitch. But his angle went on to create a lot of problems.
Ajaz Patel became the third bowler in the history of cricket to pick up such figures. Even Anil Kumble went on to pick 10 wickets in one inning. Moreover, it took immense effort from the bowler to do so in test cricket.
However, Sri Lanka’s legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was also at a similar crossroads. It was during the 2002 Kandy test match when the Sri Lankan spinner was close to picking up 10 wickets in just one inning.
The Sri Lanka spinner was brilliant throughout the game as well as the test series. Moreover, Zimbabwe being the opposition also went on to help the Sri Lankan legend as they were merely a weak opposition with not much skill set and potential.
Muttiah Muralitharan denied the 10th wicket through Chaminda Vas
It was a glaring visual when Muralitharan went out to pick up the ninth wicket. Everyone in the stadium was at their feat thinking they would witness history in front of their eyes. But the spell got over and Chaminda Vas was brought into the attack.
However, it was understood that the team would support Muralitharan for the tenth wicket. But Chaminda Vas claimed and appealed for the tenth wicket when the batsman had gone on to Nick the bowl. Everyone was shocked and Muttiah Muralitharan was denied to make history.
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