JASUBHAI PATEL (KANPUR, 1959-60)
Like Gupte, Patel rarely comes up in discussions of great spinners. Yet, with Gupte, he sits in illustrious company as a man who has taken nine wickets in a Test innings. Patel was a greying 35-year-old in 1959-60, called to Test cricket at the insistence of chairman of selectors, Lala Amarnath, to play Benaud’s Australians. Most of the Aussies he dismissed didn’t lay bat on ball, and were bowled.
His match figures were 9-69 and 5-55. Alan Davidson, with a neat 12 for the match himself, managed to swing it back Australia’s way on several occasions, but the Indians came out 119 runs to the better, thanks to Patel’s nippy offies.