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Ajaz Patel is ICC Men’s Player of Month for December 2021

Ajaz Patel is ICC Men’s Player of Month for December 2021
New Zealand spin bowler. Ajaz Patel. Photo: @BLACKCAPS/Twitter

Dubai, Jan 10 (MNN) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced New Zealand cricketer Ajaz Patel as the winner of the ICC Men’s Player of the Month Award for December 2021.

Patel made history in December when he picked 10 wickets in an innings against India at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai to become only the third Test player to achieve that feat after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble.

The left-arm spinner played just one Test in the month, where he picked up 14 wickets at an average of 16.07.

Ajaz Patel picked up all 10 wickets in the first innings against India and in the second innings, he picked up four wickets, including that of openers Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara.

Patel finished with figures of 14/225, which are the best bowling figures in a Test match in 2021.

Commenting on Patel’s performance, ICC Voting Academy member JP Duminy said: “What a historic achievement! Taking 10 wickets in an innings is a feat which needs to be celebrated. There’s no doubt that Ajaz’s performance is a milestone that will be remembered for years to come.”

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