India all-rounder Axar Patel, on Tuesday, rounded off a dream debut as he went on to pocket a five-wicket haul against England at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

He is only the ninth Indian bowler to have reached the milestone, having picked up the prized scalps of Joe Root, Dominic Sibley, Ollie Pope, Olly Stone and Jack Leach.

Axar has now registered the seventh-best figures of 5-60 for an India bowler on debut in red-ball internationals. Narendra Hirwani (8-61, 8-75), Ravichandran Ashwin (6-47), Syed Abid Ali (6-55), Dilip Doshi (6-103), and Mohammed Shami (5-47) are the others on this elite list.

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Axar, in a post-match interview, said the Chepauk track aided spinners. “It was a very good experience. Obviously, it feels good to pick up five wickets on debut….

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