IPL 2014 news February 21, 2014

Munaf mystified by IPL exclusion

ESPNcricinfo staff

Munaf Patel, the India fast bowler, has expressed his surprise at not being picked by any franchise in the IPL auctions. He has been dogged with injury problems in recent years, and has only played four Ranji matches since last year's IPL.

In 2011, Munaf had been bought for $700,000 by Mumbai Indians but he played progressively fewer matches over the three seasons, picked for only four matches in 2013.

"I am surprised too," he told the Mumbai Mirror about the lack of bids at the IPL auction. "But really I can't say with any conviction why none of the eight franchisees picked me. I played four Ranji matches this season and picked a ten-wicket haul against Services. I recently played an institutional tournament in Mumbai and picked a few wickets. I am fit and bowling at decent pace."

Besides the IPL and the CLT20, Munaf has been restricted by injuries to a light workload in 2012, and a moderately busier one in 2013. "I am fit. I have played Ranji, office tournaments. I am going to play one-dayers and T20 for Baroda in coming months."

Munaf, who is 12th in the list of IPL wicket-takers, had set his base price at Rs 50 lakh (around $83,000). His most successful season was 2011 when, soon after being called the 'unsung hero of India's World Cup win', he bagged 22 wickets.

He hasn't represented India in nearly three years, but he remains hopeful of making a comeback. "That's what I am aiming and trying for. My point is that cricket is the only thing I know and so why will I not take it seriously? This is my passion, bread and butter."

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  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Please give opportunity to Munaf. Lets encourage real stuffed players.

  • Sathya on February 22, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Suggestions to Munaf, Please never get emotional on field.There is no use.It'll only decrease your performance.Just concentrate on bowling ball after ball with accuracy.People may say about bowling yorkers..etc,but continue what you believe is right.God bless you. All the best.

  • Fuzail on February 22, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    With his Base Price being just 50 Lakhs , He Should Have been Picked . He is a Proven International Quality Bowler , Yeah he is Not Great But he had a Great World Cup 2011 so he is not Ordinary . I agree with @ Mohammad Ahmadzai . He is Much Better than Dinda , Dinda was just Medicore in his short stint with the indian Team .

    Work Hard Munaf . Keep World Cup 2015 in mind , Screw the IPL . U already must have loads of Cash , So Move on and Start bowling with Pace .

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Munaf who started off, with much fanfare with his aggressive pace bowling with good line & length, lost his rhythm & magic touch all of a sudden, seem to be, in trying to do things differently.

    The current Indian Team is bereft of effective bowlers. Should u regain your pace with good line bowling, better days are ahead !

    His fielding , expected of a player in International Competitive Cricket, leaves much to be desired. Now that you are free of any niggles, do your hard work, regain your lost pace with good fitness. Don't get disheartened by the non-inclusion in IPL. Your renewed hard work might could reward you a place in Indian Cricket, leave alone IPL !

    To be honest,u need to improve your inter-personal relationship with your co-players instead of engaging them in verbal duels .Trust you might not have forgotten those sore episodes. Take all these positive assessments in the right perspective and get back into the Team again on Merit. Wish you best of Luck !

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Shame, a bowler. ...Under used....A total crime. Had he been in some other countries he would been taken care of

  • Prashant on February 22, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    In 4 Ranji matches he bowled only 85 overs. Why so few overs? Other seamer Murtuja Vahora bowled over 156 overs in 6 matches.

  • Amit on February 21, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Munaf Patel needs to bowl at full pace above 145k as he used to bowl if he wants to play for India again. Plain and simple. No line and length military medium pace bowling...that type of bowlers are dime a dozen...

  • Aamir on February 21, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Munaf is very skillfull on Indian wickets however missing Ranji season hasn't helped his chances, maybe franchises thought he is not fit anymore as his skills were not on display during Ranji, his fielding may also be a drawback, but still with base price of 50 lacs any franchise could have bought him.

  • Android on February 21, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    All I can say that he is way better than Dinda

  • G on February 21, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Guys plzz.. he is just stating the facts here. He is from a very simple background and can't do sophisticated talk nor walk. He is good on his day. Ignoring him is a surprise.

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