Axar achieved the feat on the third night of the opening test against New Zealand at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.
Indian spinner Axar Patel beat two game legends on Saturday to set a huge record for the country with his fifth five-wicket run in trial cricket. He achieved the feat on the third night of the opening test against New Zealand at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.
Dismissing Tim Southee, with an angler who only straightened up a little off the court to beat the batter, in the 128th over the second inning, Axar finished his fifth five-wicket stroke in of his fourth test appearance. With the five irons, he became the Indian with the most shots from five wickets in the first four tests, joining former England coach Tom Richardson and former Australian fashion designer Rodney Hogg. Former Australian cricketer Charlie Turner is the only cricketer to have made more than five wicket shots than the trio.
The highest precedent by Indians in tests is three each by former cricketer L Sivaramakrishnan and Narendra Hirwani.
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It also matched Hogg’s 1978 feat of most five-wicket rides in testing the year of its debut. Hogg picked his fifth five-iron in just three tests in 1978.
Axar also became the second-fastest five-ride at five wickets in testing, alongside Turner and Richardson. Hogg was the fastest cricketer at the game.
Earlier today, he fired veteran batsman Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls and New Zealand opener Tom Latham for 95 in a single pass after lunch before returning after tea to get rid of Tom Blundell and Southee for complete his transport from five counters.
It was also his sixth consecutive round where he picked four or more wickets in the tests, joining former England cricketer Johnny Briggs in third place. Sri Lankan legend Muthiah Muralidaran and former Pakistani athlete Waqar Younis hold the category record with nine consecutive innings, followed by boy Turner with eight.