IND vs ENG: Axar Patel becomes ninth India bowler to take fifer on Test debut

India vs England, 2nd Test: Axar Patel has now registered the seventh-best figures of 5-60 for an India bowler on Test debut.

Axar Patel

Axar Patel being congratulated by India skipper Virat Kohli after the spinner snapped up his fifer on Test debut on Tuesday.   -  SPORTZPICS/BCCI

India all-rounder Axar Patel, on Tuesday, rounded off a dream debut as he went on to pocket a five-wicket haul against England at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

He is only the ninth Indian bowler to have reached the milestone, having picked up the prized scalps of Joe Root, Dominic Sibley, Ollie Pope, Olly Stone and Jack Leach.

Axar has now registered the seventh-best figures of 5-60 for an India bowler on debut in red-ball internationals. Narendra Hirwani (8-61, 8-75), Ravichandran Ashwin (6-47), Syed Abid Ali (6-55), Dilip Doshi (6-103), and Mohammed Shami (5-47) are the others on this elite list.

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Axar, in a post-match interview, said the Chepauk track aided spinners. "It was a very good experience. Obviously, it feels good to pick up five wickets on debut. It gives me great confidence. There was a lot of help for the spinners, so it was important to bowl at the right speed. I was bowling stump-to-stump and waiting for errors from the batsmen," the 27-year-old said.

The host won by 317 runs to level the four-match series 1-1.

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