Ajaz Patel, who is the talk of the town nowadays for his brilliant spell against India in the second test. He became the third player to pick all the 10 wickets in an innings after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble. The Mumbai-born spinner created history in the Wankhede stadium for the Kiwis.
After his brilliant spell against India, one of the story floating on the internet is that Ajaz Patel could be the hot pick in the upcoming mega auction. But in this article, we will cover the three reasons which will state why Ajaz Patel can go unsold in the mega auction.
A similar type of spin bowling option will be available in the mega auction
In the mega auction pool in the spin category, there will be the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, and many more. And unlike this COVID time, The IPL will be back in India where even domestic spinners like Harpreet Brar or Sai Kishore can be more dangerous therefore the chances of teams going behind a foreign spinner is very less.
As teams get only 8 foreign slots, they try to maximize these slots by getting foreign batters or fast bowler options rather than spin-bowling options. It can be clearly seen that some of the best foreign T20 spinners like Adil Rashid Tabraiz Shamsi find difficulty in getting picked in the auction. In the last season as well both these players were picked as a replacement. Therefore it will be very difficult for Ajaz to get an IPL contract.
Ajaz Patel’s T20 stats as compared to his Test Stats
Ajaz has been a regular player on the test side. But on the T20 side, he has been not seen regularly as in white-ball cricket New Zealand has Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi. For New Zealand, Ajaz has played only 7 T20I where he is able to pick 10 wickets at an economy of 4.54.
In his career of 62 T20 matches, Ajaz has picked up 73 scalps at a strike rate of 17.6, and if we compare it to his first-class cricket stats where he has 265 wickets from 65-games.
Franchises would be skeptical to invest based on one inning
Ajaz Patel, who has just played 11 test matches, is already New Zealand’s prime spinner in red-ball cricket. He made his debut in 2018 and ever since his debut against Pakistan where he bagged a Player of the Match award for his performance. He had just made his case stronger in that side that is yet to get an IPL contract.
With an excellent performance in Mumbai also chances of Ajaz getting an IPL contract are very less as over the last couple of years as well he has been performing well but still is out of the radar for the IPL franchise.