Ajaz became the third cricketer in Test history to take ten wickets in a single inning.
The ball used by New Zealand left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel to take all ten Indian wickets in the first innings of the Test will be on display at the Wankhede Stadium's upcoming museum. Ajaz, who joined England's Jim Laker and India's Anil Kumble as the only cricketer to take all ten wickets in a single Test inning, also gave his match jersey to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
The 33-year-old Ajaz, who had been born in Mumbai, made history at home in Test finishing with outstanding stats of 47.5-12-119-10, along with a four-four in the second innings. He was the first to complete the record in a losing effort, though, as India overcame the visitors by a massive 372-run margin to win the series 1-0.
Meanwhile, after his amazing performance, Ajaz was recognized by the Indian team, who gave him a signature jersey, as well as MCA president Dr. Vijay Patil.
"For me and my family, it's a significant occasion, but to be able to do it here in Mumbai is very special," Ajaz said after the match.
"I've put in a lot of effort" (going into the Test). I've spent a lot of time alone and need to get some rest. Back home, it'll be a new challenge, but that's the beauty of Test cricket, different roles, and challenges. When I return home, I'll have a lot of people to thank for something in my career that was an amazing moment. "I consider myself lucky to earn something special," Ajaz added.
Rachin Ravindra, another Indian-born left-arm spinner who was the only other wicket-taker for his team in the Mumbai Test, congratulated Ajaz for his outstanding performance.
“I think it is amazing to be sharing the ends with this great man (Ajaz) here. But amazing to learn from and see what he did in the first innings. That was something incredible and something we won’t see for a very long time,” Ravindra said.