Axar Patel once again demolished the England batting by taking another 5 wicket haul in the 2nd Inning against England in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad. He has now taken four 5 wickets haul in just three Test matches. India won the final test by an inning and 25 runs and enter into the final of the World Test Championship.
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The spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Patel dismantled the England batting in the 2nd Inning by picking five wickets apiece and won the series 3-1. Patel’s impressive fourth-fifer created some impressive record/stat. Now, we take a look at the stats.
Axar Patel created records with his 5 wicket-haul
- Most Wickets in maximum three test match debut series: Patel with 27 wickets in this series broke the Ajantha Mendis(26) record for the most wicket in a debut series(maximum three test matches) Patel did not play in the 1st Test match of this series in Chennai.
- After three-Test, He is joint-2nd on the list of most 5 wickets haul: He had claimed 5 for 60 in 2nd Test in Chennai, In Pink ball test match he picked 6 for 38 and 5 for 32, and 5 for 48 in the 2nd inning in this test match. Axar jointly on the second spot with Thomas Richardson (England), Charles Turner (Australia), and Vernon Philander (South Africa) who had taken four five-wicket hauls after three Test. Rodney Hogg from Australia had picked five fifers in the first three Test matches.
- In a Debut Test series, joint most wickets by Indian bowler: Patel with 27 wickets equaled Dilip Doshi’s record for most wickets in a debut Test series by an Indian bowler. Dilip Doshi claimed this landmark during the Australia tour of India in 1979.
- After the three-Test, He is joint-3rd on the list of the bowler with the most wickets: Axar Patel with 27 wickets stands 3rd on the list of most wickets after three test matches jointly with Rodney Hogg. Narendra Hirwani with 31 wickets tops the list of bowlers with the most wickets. While Charles Turner with 29 wickets takes the 2nd spot in this list.
Summary of Ahmedabad Test:
Patel who impressed everyone with his bowling played an important role in taking a good lead over England in 1st inning along with Washington Sundar. The duo added 106 runs for the eight-wicket before Axar Patel run-out on impressive 43 runs. Washington Sundar missed out on a well-deserving century as he lost partners on the other ends. Sundar remains unbeaten on 96 as India bowled out for 365 and took the lead of 160 runs over visitors.
After Lunch, Ashwin gave India an early breakthrough as he picked two wickets in a single over. First He removed Crawley. Ashwin drifts in the new ball and the ball found outside the edge of Crawley’s bat. The catch was taken by Rahane at slip. In the very next ball, Bairstow got out on a duck. Axar Patel joined the party as he dismissed Sibley on 3 runs. Sibley got out in a very unfortunate manner as he played a sweep and the ball directly hit Gill and lobbed in the air. Pant took the simple catch.
Patel got his second wicket in the form of Ben Stokes. Stokes tried to play a lap-sweep shot and the ball chipped to Virat Kohli. England team lost their half team on the score of 65 as Pope got stumped as he steps out on Axar Patel’s bowl. After that, Joe Root and Daniel Lawrence showed some resistance. However, that’s not enough as England lost wickets on the regular interval. Daniel Lawrence scored an impressive 50 runs. While Root made 30 runs. England was bowled out for 165 runs. (source)
India now ranked no.1 in ICC Test ranking by winning this Test match and will play Test Championship final against New Zealand at Lord’s cricket ground in June this year.