|Ajaz Patel Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||October 21, 1988|
Ajaz Patel is a New Zealander professional cricketer who has represented his country in the longest and shortest formats of the sport (Tests and T20Is), as a frontline spin bowler. In New Zealand’s domestic circuit, he has played for Central Districts (2012-13–Present) across all 3 formats. A rare occurrence in modern cricket, Ajaz has also played domestic cricket outside of his home country representing Yorkshire County Cricket Club (2019) in England.
Ajaz Yunus Patel
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
- Father – Yunus Patel (Owner of a Refrigeration Business)
- Mother – Shahnaz Patel (Former Techer)
- Siblings – Sana Patel (Younger Sister), Tanzil Patel (Younger Sister)
- Others – Akeel Patel (Maternal Uncle)
Slow Left-Arm Orthodox
24 – Test Match, T20 International (T20I)
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
73 kg or 161 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Ajaz has dated –
- Nilofer Patel (2015-Present) – Ajaz got married to Nilofer in January 2015 and they have a daughter together.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Indian descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a thick beard
Ajaz has been sponsored by –
- Gray-Nicolls AUS/NZ
- Asics NZ
- Cyclona Sportswear
Ajaz Patel Facts
- Born in Mumbai, Ajaz had emigrated to New Zealand, with his family, when he was 8 years old. In his developmental years, he was a left-arm seam bowler. It was only in his early 20s that he had realized that he would be better off switching to spin bowling as his height would be a limiting factor in becoming a decent pace bowler.
- He had first come into the spotlight in the 2015–16 season of the Plunket Shield (New Zealand’s premier domestic first-class cricket competition) when he had topped the tournament’s wicket-taking charts with 43 dismissals.
- In December 2021, in the 2nd match of New Zealand’s bilateral away test series against India, in his birth city of Mumbai, he had become just the 3rd bowler in history to take all 10 wickets in a test match innings. The 2 bowlers to have achieved this rare feat before he were Jim Laker of England (in 1956) and Anil Kumble of India (1999).
Featured Image by Ajaz Patel / Instagram