Left-arm spinner Axar Patel bagged yet another five-wicket haul during the fourth and final Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday to become the joint highest Indian wicket-taker in a debut Test series, tying Dilip Doshi, who took 27 wickets against Australia in 1979.
Patel, who wasn’t able to play the first Test of the series due to an injury, made a sensational impact in the second game in Chennai when he snaffled up his maiden fifer.
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In the pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad that followed, Patel helped India snap up a quick 10-wicket victory with a five-for and a six-wicket haul to show for in the two innings.
On Saturday, he picked up his fourth fifer to jump to the very top of the list of bowlers with the most five-wicket hauls in the World Test Championship (WTC) to sit alongside Australia’s Nathan Lyon and New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson.
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Patel now also has the most fifers by an Indian bowler after his first three Test matches. Following him on the leaderboard are Narendra Hirwani and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan with three each and Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammad Nissar with two each.
Having clinched four wickets in the first innings of the ongoing Test, Patel picked up right where he left off to get the prized scalps of Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes and Dominic Bess in the second innings on Saturday.