Local boy Axar Patel shone with the pink ball as he plucked a 10-wicket haul against England in the third Test, registering best match haul in Day-Night Tests. On the second day at the newly renamed Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the left-arm tweaker dismissed England skipper Joot to complete his 10 wickets.
Earlier in the first innings, Axar, sticking with a stump-to-stump line, had taken six wickets to blow away England for 112 runs at the Motera strip. Axar ended the first innings with 6/38, following his 5/60 in the second innings in Chennai.
In the second innings of the pink-ball Test, Axar struck on the very first delivery to dismiss opener Zak Crawley. Axar also joined teammate R Ashwin after dismissing Crawley. In the last 100 years, no spinner apart from Ashwin and Axar has ever taken a wicket off the first ball of an innings.
Despite missing a hat-trick chance, he got a wicket off the third delivery, ending Bairstow's innings on a duck. Axar later dismissed Dom Sibley in the 9th over and later trapped Root to claim his third and fourth wicket respectively. Axar finished with figures of 5/32 in the second innings.
Axar is now first on the list of most wickets in a Day-Night Test. While the Anand-born has picked 11 wickets as of now, Pat Cummins and Devendra Bishoo had taken 10 wickets against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively.
The four-Test series is currently tied 1-1 after India bounced back to win the second Test in Chennai, defeating England by 317 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Here are four records that Axar Patel created in Ahmedabad:
- Axar is currently sitting atop in the list of most wickets in a Day-Night Test (11).
- Axar became the second Indian spinner after R Ashwin to take a wicket off the first ball of a Test innings.
- Axar is the fourth Indian bowler to pick three five-wicket hauls in three or more consecutive Test innings. Harbhajan Singh had done the same in four consecutive innings.
- Axar became the 16th Indian bowler to pick a five-wicket haul in both innings of a Test. Ashwin has achieved the feat four times in the longest format.