Ajaz Patel auctions memorable 10-wicket haul Test jersey, proceeds to go to hospital
Ajaz Patel had picked all 10 wickets in an innings in the Mumbai Test against India last year.
Updated - May 6, 2022 5:19 pm
Ajaz Patel etched his name in cricketing history when he picked up 10 wickets in an innings during the Mumbai Test against India in December last year. He became only the third bowler after Indian spin legend Anil Kumble and former English bowler Jim Laker to achieve the feat with a dream bowling figures of 10/119.
Notably, Ajaz had also received a signed jersey by all the Indian players after the historic match and the cricketer earlier gifted a jersey and the match ball for an upcoming museum at the Wankhede Stadium. Now, the New Zealand spinner of the Indian origin has come forward for a noble cause by deciding to auction the jersey he wore in that Test against India. Patel has decided to make a generous contribution to the welfare of children as the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Starship Children’s Hospital.
According to reports, the highest bid for the jersey has breached the $6600-mark and could go higher in the coming days. May 11 is the last day of the auction. At the same time, it has also been learned that Patel has decided to auction his jersey for the Starship Children’s Hospital as his daughter was born there, and the cricketer wished to give something to them in return.
Starship was amazing to us, and we wanted to give back: Ajaz Patel
“My wife and I spent a couple of days in Starship Hospital with our daughter last year. It was a worrying time, but I realised how lucky we were to only need a short stay. Starship was amazing to us, and we wanted to give back… this is one way we can do that,” Patel was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.
Ajaz has been in New Zealand’s Test setup for the past few years and he has also been selected for the upcoming tour of England starting June 2.