IPL 2014 news February 21, 2014

Munaf mystified by IPL exclusion

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • on February 25, 2014, 13:46 GMT

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

  • Analytical_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.

  • FRpunk 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 .

  • 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 !

  • 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

  • S_M_G 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.

  • wolf777 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...

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar 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.

  • on February 21, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    All I can say that he is way better than Dinda

  • iHitWicket 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.

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:46 GMT

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

  • Analytical_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.

  • FRpunk 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 .

  • 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 !

  • 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

  • S_M_G 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.

  • wolf777 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...

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar 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.

  • on February 21, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    All I can say that he is way better than Dinda

  • iHitWicket 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.

  • anilbou on February 21, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    @SRAMESH_74 Here we will be able to read only to the answers.. So if there is no question regarding selecting in indian team how can he answer about it???

  • on February 21, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    His fielding is bad and Dhoni doesn't like such guys like RP Singh. Munaf though is a good line bowler not much pace after initial days. Doesn't market himself well maybe. His batting is not great too. So it is mighty tough for Shewag, Gambhir, irfan, yousuf, Uthappa, Badrinath, RP, Munaf, Parthiv, dinesh, murali, etc. then we have Raydu, misra, and possibly Binny, iswar etc who will be there, get a game and just be there like Saha. Others like Rohit, Raina, Jadeja, Ishanth, vijay, Aswin will get so many chances even though they don't contribute consistently. Munaf will get an IPL chance soon. Teams need indian bowlers.

  • atuljain1969 on February 21, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    I feel sorry for Munaf, afterbeing labelled one of the most promising fast bowlers, he lost the steam , may due to his very humble background.

    He is lanky, bowl with stumps to stumps and I think he should have been picked up any of the team. Again his very humble background has go to do something with this, though I may be wrong. May be his base price was too high.

  • on February 21, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    RP Singh is the highest wicket taker in IPL it is srsly surprising he was not picked I think 9 teams were good as many other players got a chance to play.

  • on February 21, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    This is IPL bro, nobody could guess what happens here next. L. Balaji get a good amount, on the other hand Brett Lee 58 has not get a single bid.

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Good joke. What about your attitude? The IPL taught a few guys like him, RP Singh, and few pacers who were dreaming for a lucrative offer and ended disappointed

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    "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."

    He says he doesn't know why no one picked him. There's his answer.

  • LDuminda on February 21, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    @ Cricsnake - Munaf faster than Slinga Malinga ???? That should be the most hilarious jokes of all time.. i think Bhajji is faster than Munaf..Lolzz..

  • Cricsnake on February 21, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    It is quite surprising. Most of the franchises used to buy foreign fast bowlers from Australia, SA, WI, NZ, Eng etc. and they didn't give enough chance to many Indian quicks. I think Munaf should be there in Mumbai Indians instead of Malinga. Munaf seems much more decent player at ground and he can bowl much faster than him. IPL team selection laws should be revised to support more chances for local fast bowlers. Otherwise IPL will never support local fast bowlers and all teams may use foreign quicks and local spinners.

  • Big_Brother_of_Cricket on February 21, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    I can see why he's mystified. Which team does have a "leg spinner with a run up", who sometimes can bowl off cutters and occasional faster delivery ?

  • sramesh_74 on February 21, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    He does not seem to worry about not being picked for India..IPL is a bigger priority..way to go Munaf!!

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  • sramesh_74 on February 21, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    He does not seem to worry about not being picked for India..IPL is a bigger priority..way to go Munaf!!

  • Big_Brother_of_Cricket on February 21, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    I can see why he's mystified. Which team does have a "leg spinner with a run up", who sometimes can bowl off cutters and occasional faster delivery ?

  • Cricsnake on February 21, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    It is quite surprising. Most of the franchises used to buy foreign fast bowlers from Australia, SA, WI, NZ, Eng etc. and they didn't give enough chance to many Indian quicks. I think Munaf should be there in Mumbai Indians instead of Malinga. Munaf seems much more decent player at ground and he can bowl much faster than him. IPL team selection laws should be revised to support more chances for local fast bowlers. Otherwise IPL will never support local fast bowlers and all teams may use foreign quicks and local spinners.

  • LDuminda on February 21, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    @ Cricsnake - Munaf faster than Slinga Malinga ???? That should be the most hilarious jokes of all time.. i think Bhajji is faster than Munaf..Lolzz..

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    "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."

    He says he doesn't know why no one picked him. There's his answer.

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Good joke. What about your attitude? The IPL taught a few guys like him, RP Singh, and few pacers who were dreaming for a lucrative offer and ended disappointed

  • on February 21, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    This is IPL bro, nobody could guess what happens here next. L. Balaji get a good amount, on the other hand Brett Lee 58 has not get a single bid.

  • on February 21, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    RP Singh is the highest wicket taker in IPL it is srsly surprising he was not picked I think 9 teams were good as many other players got a chance to play.

  • atuljain1969 on February 21, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    I feel sorry for Munaf, afterbeing labelled one of the most promising fast bowlers, he lost the steam , may due to his very humble background.

    He is lanky, bowl with stumps to stumps and I think he should have been picked up any of the team. Again his very humble background has go to do something with this, though I may be wrong. May be his base price was too high.

  • on February 21, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    His fielding is bad and Dhoni doesn't like such guys like RP Singh. Munaf though is a good line bowler not much pace after initial days. Doesn't market himself well maybe. His batting is not great too. So it is mighty tough for Shewag, Gambhir, irfan, yousuf, Uthappa, Badrinath, RP, Munaf, Parthiv, dinesh, murali, etc. then we have Raydu, misra, and possibly Binny, iswar etc who will be there, get a game and just be there like Saha. Others like Rohit, Raina, Jadeja, Ishanth, vijay, Aswin will get so many chances even though they don't contribute consistently. Munaf will get an IPL chance soon. Teams need indian bowlers.