Ajaz lately develop into simply the third bowler within the historical past of the sport, after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble, to select all ten wickets in a single Check innings. He achieved the feat towards India within the recently-concluded Mumbai Check.
“It’s a excellent feeling, selecting all ten wickets in a single Check innings is an enormous feat. Anil Kumble and Jim Laker are large names, each of them have an enormous variety of wickets of their kitty. So being alongside them is a particular feat and to do in it Mumbai, which is my birthplace, makes it all of the extra particular,” Ajaz advised ANI.
“I by no means thought that I’d have the ability to obtain this type of feat in Mumbai. Simply enjoying on the Wankhede was particular for me. I by no means thought that I will take so many wickets in Mumbai. It’s about future I really feel,” he added.
Additional speaking about his feat, Ajaz stated: “If I’m telling the reality, once I had taken 9 wickets, then I believed I’ve an opportunity of selecting all ten. There have been 4 balls left in my over and I noticed these had been a very powerful. I used to be fortunate that I used to be in a position to get the tenth wicket in that over. Rachin Ravindra took an excellent catch and all of it went based on plan.”
“I have no idea whether or not I’ll get an opportunity to get as many wickets once more however the intention would all the time be to select extra wickets. Rahul Dravid congratulated me, he got here to acknowledge me within the dressing room and this can be a very large factor for me. Everyone knows in regards to the historical past of Dravid.
“Virat Kohli additionally congratulated me. He’s the chief of India and if he’s coming to acknowledge you, it’s a large factor. Mohammed Siraj congratulated me after which Ravichandran Ashwin took my interview and offered me the signed India jersey. Sportsmanship is an enormous a part of our recreation,” he added.
Speaking about his love for Mumbai, the Kiwi spinner stated: “The principle factor is my title would all the time be there on the Mumbai Honours Board. It could possibly by no means be erased. After I took 4 wickets on the primary day, I knew if I take yet another wicket, my title could be there on the Honours Board. I acquired so many messages and calls. As quickly as I opened my telephone, it acquired stuffed with messages.
“For me, all ten wickets are equal. The principle factor for me was to bowl with good depth. After bowling 30 odd overs, the physique will get drained after which you’ll want to focus extra. I stored on getting wickets and all ten wickets are equally vital for me,” he added.
The Kiwi spinner additionally opened up on how he would like to play for Mumbai Indians within the Indian Premier League (IPL) if the chance presents itself.
“I’ve all the time supported Mumbai Indians. If I ever get chosen within the IPL, it will be an enormous honour for me,” stated Ajaz.
Nonetheless, Ajaz’s effort went in useless as Mayank Agarwal’s heroics with the bat and Jayant Yadav’s four-wicket haul within the second innings helped India defeat New Zealand by 372 runs within the second Check.