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Ahaz Patel

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  • The first test match between India and New Zealand will be played in Kanpur from November 25.
  • Aijaz Patel is the main bowler for the New Zealand cricket team.
  • Will Somerville will take over the spinning attack for the Kiwis along with Aijaz Patel.

New Zealand’s Aijaz Patel is delighted to return to his homeland, but as a cricketer he knows how difficult it is for a spinner to take on Indian batsmen on his ground. Patel, a left arm spinner, was born in Mumbai but moved with his family to New Zealand at the age of eight.

The 33-year-old Patel, who has not bowled in first-class cricket since June, wants to play a key role in the two-trial series against India that begins in Kanpur on Thursday. He said: “I am in those parts of India that I have not seen before. India is fantastic, but in today’s environment we cannot go out and experience it.

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Patel said: “There is a lot of enthusiasm for India. There is also a calm amidst the temperament that makes it special. “Regarding bowling in the Indian fields, he said:” We know what the spinning bowlers have to do here, but we also know what the Indian batsmen have to do. do on your floor. . “How difficult is it to take on a spinner? It’s a challenge, but I’m excited about it.”

Patel, who has taken 26 wickets in nine events for New Zealand so far, feels the SG red ball presents a different kind of challenge for foreign bowlers.

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“The SG ball is different. Like Duke. Quite stiff but good to hold. Its challenges are different. Our preparation has been very good and we hope the performance is good too.

The New Zealand team has not won a test in India since 1988. Patel and Will Somerville will take over the Kiwis’ spinning attack.

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