The Day 3 of the ongoing 1st Test between India and New Zealand saw the home side finally paving their way back into the contest. After the opening duo of Tom Latham and Will Young had put up an unbeaten century stand the previous day, it was a different ball game altogether on Saturday with various patches of roughs developing outside the batsman’s crease.
And as expected, the Indian spinners used the conditions to their advantage in some style! Ravichandran Ashwin (3/82) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/57) bowled brilliantly, the star of the show was certainly Axar Patel whose five-wicket haul helped India restrict the Kiwis to 296.
Axar continues his dream start to Test career
The left-arm spinner was undoubtedly delighted with his performance on the day as he continued his brilliant start to Test career. While speaking to broadcasters, he said, “Taking five wickets in seven innings is something the other teammates have been teasing me about. It’s like a dream within a dream start. Test cricket isn’t easy.”
However, this was not the last interview he gave on the day. Having bowled such a magical spell, it was quite obvious that he will have to speak a bit more about it as he was joined by Ravichandran Ashwin and KS Bharat – the other two stars of the day – for a fun chat organized by BCCI.
What's happening here? 🤔
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2021
But this is when former Indian cricket Wasim Jaffer – often known as meme king of social media – spotted a blunder made by Axar Patel. Notably, the left-arm spinner had written something on the match ball that he was holding and on zooming the image, it could be seen that the date, match details and his bowling figures were mentioned on the ball.
While the match details (IND vs NZ) and his bowling figures (34-6-62-5) were correctly written, there was an issue with the day as it was mentioned as 27th Oct 2021. Jaffer shared the image in his tweet and captioned it as, “The only mistake Axar Patel made today was putting the wrong date on the match ball. 27th November hai bapu,” while adding a laughing emoji.
Check out Jaffer’s post:
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 27, 2021
However, as it turns out, it was Suryakumar Yadav who wrote the date on the ball. Axar himself took to Twitter and confirmed that it was SKY, who wrote the content on the ball.
— Akshar Patel (@akshar2026) November 27, 2021