The ball used by New Zealand left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel to take all ten Indian wickets in the first innings of the Mumbai Test will be on exhibit at the Wankhede Stadium’s planned museum. Ajaz, who joined England’s Jim Laker and India’s Anil Kumble as the only cricketers to take all ten wickets in a single Test inning, also donated his match jersey to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). The 33-year-old, who was born in Mumbai, made history at home in what was classified as an away Test by his record, returning with outstanding statistics of 47.5-12-119-10, including a four-for in the second innings. He was the first to achieve the feat in a losing cause, though, as India thrashed the visitors by a whopping 372-run margin to win the series 1-0.

Meanwhile, after his astounding performance, Ajaz was honoured by the Indian team, who gave him an autographed jersey, as well as MCA president Dr Vijay Patil. “For me and my family, it’s a significant occasion, and to be able to accomplish it here in Mumbai is quite special,” Ajaz said after the game. “I’ve put forth a lot of effort” (going into the Test). I’ve spent a lot of time alone and need to get some rest. Back home, it’ll be a new challenge, but that’s the beauty of Test cricket: different roles, challenges, and the need to bowl in different ways. When I return home, I’ll have a lot of people to thank for something in my career that was an overwhelming occasion. “I consider myself fortunate to have accomplished something remarkable,” he continued.

Rachin Ravindra, another Indian-born left-arm spinner who was the only other wicket-taker for his team in the Mumbai Test, praised Ajaz for his outstanding performance. “It’s great to be sharing the ends with this incredible man (Ajaz). But it’s incredible to see and learn from what he did in the early innings. That was extraordinary, and we won’t see something like it for a long time,” Ravindra added.