Matches (17)
WPL (2)
PSL 2024 (2)
NZ v AUS (1)
Ranji Trophy (2)
WCL 2 (1)
Nepal Tri-Nation (1)
Sheffield Shield (3)
CWC Play-off (4)
BAN v SL (1)

Ajaz Patel

New Zealand|Bowler
Ajaz Patel
INTL CAREER: 2018 - 2023
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Full Name

Ajaz Yunus Patel

Born

October 21, 1988, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India

Age

35y 135d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Slow Left arm Orthodox

Playing Role

Bowler

One minute, he was sitting down to eat dinner with nearly 30 of his closest family. The next, he was being told that he was on the Test squad to play for New Zealand. Meet Ajaz Patel, a left-arm spinner who was, like many before him, a fast bowler growing up.

It wasn't until he was in his twenties that he realised he needed to make a change. "Being 5 foot 6 wasn't quite going to cut it at the next level." Dabbling with it in a club game, he realised it might even be fun to bowl spin and the rest, as it turned out, was history. On October 31, 2018 - at the age of 30 - Ajaz opened the bowling for New Zealand in a T20I against Pakistan. Exactly like his coach Dipak Patel did in the 1992 World Cup. Clearly, it was kismet.

Ajaz's rise to international cricket was built on repeated success at domestic level. He was the highest wicket-taker in first-class cricket for three years running before he got the call from selector Gavin Larsen in July 2018. In fact, he had played an immense part in Central Stags winning the title that year with 48 wickets at 21.52. Having emigrated with his family from Mumbai in 1996, he became the fifth Indian-origin cricketer to play for New Zealand since Ted Badcock, Tom Puna, Ish Sodhi and his buddy from school Jeet Raval.

Ajaz Patel Career Stats

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests1629357318456210/11914/22529.753.0957.6241
T20Is77156118114/164/1610.724.5314.1100
FC99177223361173435810/11914/22532.773.1562.310265
List A444221701885493/313/3138.465.2144.2000
T20s828016512097874/164/1624.107.6218.9200

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests1622111273511.5436834.510013070
T20Is720743.501450.00000000
FC991413415975214.92369543.220220512700
List A442572134511.8327278.3000234230
T20s823214141137.8315292.760073210
Ajaz Yunus Patel

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Ajaz Patel and co get together, as Mominul Haque walks back
Ajaz Patel struck in the first over of Bangladesh's second innings
Taijul Islam got Ish Sodhi to finish the game
Scenes from a Test - Bangladesh's close-in fielders swarm Ajaz Patel
Ajaz Patel and Ish Sodhi shake hands with Hasan Murad and Khaled Ahmed after the game
Ajaz Patel dismissed Zakir Hasan in both the innings