IND vs NZ: Axar Patel puts up BIG-RECORD Breaking SHOW, takes 5th – 5 wicket haul in only 4 tests

While New Zealand prepared for their tussle against nemesis Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, it was young Axar Patel who stifled them with a top-notch bowling performance on Day of the IND vs NZ 1st Test on Saturday. With the Kiwis entering the day on the back of an unbeaten 129 stand between Tom Latham and Will Young, Patel summoned his very best to pick up his 5th five-wicket haul to wrestle back control in India’s favour.

  • Axar Patel became the joint second-fastest bowler in the history of Test cricket, getting there in one innings more than Rodney Hogg who got there in just 6 innings. Axar has tied the likes of Charlie Turner and Tom Richardson after the 5-wicket haul in Kanpur.
  • Rodney Hogg – 6 innings
  • Axar Patel/Charlie Turner, Tom Richardson – 7 Innings
  • Axar also joined an elite list of bowlers with most 5-wicket hauls in their first 4 Test matches.
  • He has equaled the feat of 5 – Tom Richardson and Rodney Hogg who also had 5 5-wicket hauls in their first 4 Tess.
  • Charlie Turner is on the top of the list with 6 – 5-wicket hauls in his first 4 Tests.
  • Axar Patel had a remarkable start to his Test career as he picked up 27 wickets in 3 Tests in his debut series earlier this year against England at home.]

Axar triggered a New Zealand collapse as he ran through the Kiwi batting line-up on Day 3.

After Ashwin broke the opening stand between Tom Latham and Will Young, it was an Axar Patel show, as he made full use of the conditions to register yet another Test fifer in his short but brilliant career so far. Patel had Tom Latham stumped on 95, before breaking the back of the visitors with the quick dismissals of Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls.

Post tea, Patel continued to keep the New Zealand batsman at bay and got the better of keeper Tom Blundell, who had his defences breached with a peach of a delivery. Tim Southee, who picked up his own five-wicket haul in the first innings was incidentally Axar Patel’s fifth wicket as New Zealand further collapsed during the third session of the day. It was Axar’s fifth five-wicket haul in just seven innings, as he continues his meteoric start to his Test career, which kicked off against England earlier this year.

On a day when the onus was on veterans Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin to deliver, it was Axar Patel’s incisiveness that saved the day for Team India to put them in pole position. Ajinkya Rahane and Co. were staring down the barrel after the stellar opening stand by the Kiwi batters, but Patel’s brilliance ensured that India wrestled back control in the game.