India off-spinner Ravi Ashwin is having a dream year with the ball in hand in 2021. The 34-year-old continued his rich vein of form against New Zealand and picked eight wickets in the second Test to help India win the game by a massive margin of 372 runs. His efforts allowed Virat Kohli to remain unbeaten at home in Tests. However, the highlight of the second Test match in Mumbai was Ajaz Patel’s 10 wickets in the first innings. He joined an elite club and became the only third bowler after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble to achieve this landmark.
As congratulatory messages were pouring in from all quarters for the New Zealand off-spinner on Twitter, many users noticed his account was not verified. On Twitter, a verified account has a blue tick. Prominent sports personalities, celebrities, politicians, and other inspiring people generally have their Twitter accounts verified.
Ashwin, who is known to stand up for his teammates and opposition players, this time stood for Ajaz. He took to Twitter and cheekily tweeted, “Dear @verified, a ten wicket bag in an innings definitely deserves to be verified here”
A lot of users agreed with Ashwin’s point and Twitter too noted the same. Taking 10 wickets in an innings is no mean achievement. Soon after, the New Zealand spinner’s account was verified. Seeing Twitter’s quick reaction, Ashwin thanked them.
Meanwhile, Ashwin once again proved why his so dangerous at home. New Zealand batters managed to play spin well in the first Test match in Kanpur. However, the extra pace and bounce at the Wankhede surface in Mumbai brought their downfall. Ashwin exploited it beautifully and helped India seal the series 1-0. On the other hand, Ajaz ended the Test with a match haul of 14 wickets.