Ajaz Patel Auctioned His Jersey to Raise money for a Children Hospital
The ball with which Ajaz set the record was handed over to the museum. A cricket museum was being set up in Mumbai, India. The museum is named after the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). Whose name is MCA Museum. Ajaz Patel Auctioned His Jersey to Raise money for a Children Hospital in New Zealand and donated the ball to build his fame there at the request of the authorities.
Ajaz Patel made history in the Mumbai Test between India and New Zealand at the end of last year. The New Zealand left-arm spinner became the third bowler in the world to take ten wickets in an innings in Test cricket. Ajaz Patel took all the 10 wickets in the innings alone, humiliating India in the spin.
This time Ajaz put the jersey of the historic match up for auction. The left-arm spinner auctioned the jersey to raise money for a children’s hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. Which also has the signatures of all the cricketers in the opposing India team. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Children’s Hospital’s Starship Radiology Department.
Ajaz, 33, wrote on social media, “It was a special day for me. But being able to help children and their families is even more selfish. I hope the auction will raise as much money as possible for them.
It is to be noted that only two bowlers have managed to take ten wickets in an innings in Tests before Ajaz. One of them is Jim Laker from England. The other is Anil Kumble of India. So Ajaz made history by becoming the third bowler in the cricket world to catch the ‘Perfect Ten’.
The Kiwi spinners took wickets of Shubhaman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Riddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Akshar Patel, Jayant Yadav and Mohammad Siraj respectively. The 48.5-12-119-10 bowling figure was shining next to his name at the end of the first innings in the Mumbai Test. And the economy rate per over is 2.46.
Despite taking five wickets twice in his previous Test career, this was the best bowling figure of his career. However, he has been dropped from the team despite his great achievements. He was not seen at home in the Bangladesh series and later in the South Africa series. However, he has been called up for the England tour next June.