Stuff – Black Caps spinner Ajaz Patel had a test debut to remember as he bowled NZ to victory over Pakistan.


  • There was even more bedlam at home in Blockhouse Bay on Monday night when the family watched Patel, on test debut, bowl New Zealand to a stunning comeback victory over Pakistan with a man of the match seven-wicket haul.
  • Back in 1996, thoughts of playing cricket for New Zealand had barely entered Patel’s mind when father Yunus and mother Shahnaz shifted the family to Auckland when he was eight.
  • Team-mates Patel, Raval and Ish Sodhi make up more than half New Zealand’s Indian-born test cricketers: Ted Badcock (1930) and Tom Puna (1966) the others.
  • Legspinner Todd Astle’s tour-ending injury also moved Patel up a spot in the pecking order, and he received his first test cap from former allrounder and now commentator James Franklin in Abu Dhabi.
  • In a fortnight Patel will return home to wife Nilofer, his parents and younger sisters Sanaa and Tanzeel as they prepare to move into a new family home, before hitting the road again in domestic cricket.

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