Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel is in line for a dream appearance against India after the left-arm spinner was named Monday in the Black Caps’ 13-man squad for the two-Test series beginning on Friday.
Patel’s family moved to New Zealand when he was a child but the 31-year-old has always followed Indian cricket closely, rating visiting skipper Virat Kohli “the best in the world”.
He played his first Test for New Zealand against Pakistan in 2018 but has only earned seven caps, with Black Caps’ selectors preferring all-rounder Mitchell Santner.
Even after his debut two years ago, Patel’s thoughts were focused on one day playing India.
Growing up in an Indian family, “you’re always passionate about cricket and you watch a lot of great Indian players just like I have watched New Zealand players”, he told AFP at the time.—APP