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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.

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