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Munaf Patel
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Munaf Patel

India|Bowler
Munaf Patel

INTL CAREER: 2006 - 2011

Full Name

Munaf Musa Patel

Born

July 12, 1983, Ikhar, Gujarat

Age

37y 301d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium fast

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

Few medium-pacers had generated as much hype before bowling a ball in first-class, let alone international, cricket as had Munaf Musa Patel, the young boy from the little town of Ikhar in Bahruch, Gujarat. Kiran More had seen him bowl in the nets and sent him straight to the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai to train under TA Sekhar and Dennis Lillee. Soon he was being hailed as the fastest man in Indian cricket. Then, even as Baroda and Gujarat vied for his services, Munaf chose Mumbai, after Sachin Tendulkar had taken special interest in him and had a word with the authorities in the Mumbai Cricket Association. Even then Munaf's first-class career was anything but smooth as he spent more time recovering from various injuries than actually playing.

Strongly built though not overly tall, Munaf gradually gathers momentum in his approach to the crease, before releasing the ball with a windmill-whirl of the hands. His priority, in his early years, was to bowl quick. And it was this that first caught the eye of More and others. Later, he added reverse swing to his repertoire and troubled batsmen with a well-directed yorker. After plenty of speculation and close calls he finally received a call from the national selection panel for the second Test against England in March 2006, after an impressive performance for the Board President's XI saw him pick up 10 English wickets for 91 runs. In Mohali a week later, he ended with 7 for 97, the best performance by an Indian fast bowler on Test debut. A consistent series against West Indies later that year meant Munaf had established himself as a regular member of the side.

Then came the lull as Munaf, like most of India's new crop of fast bowlers, began to fade away after a good start. He lost pace at an alarming rate, and seemed intent on rebranding himself as back-up seamer as opposed to a pace spearhead. He soon lost his place in the Test side, and despite a handful of average ODI performances, was a left-field selection for the New Zealand tour in 2009. He did a reasonable job in India's win in Hamilton, but a schedule packed with the occasional home Tests in between ODIs and Twenty20s meant he rarely stayed in the radar for long. Injuries to Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth in the lead-up to the Sri Lanka tour in 2010 gave him another opportunity to impress.

Munaf's career continued to be dogged by injuries, but in an ironic twist, he was the beneficiary of one when Praveen Kumar was forced out of India's 2011 World Cup squad. In stepped Munaf to take his place as India's third seamer and he ended the tournament as India's third-highest wicket-taker behind Zaheer and Yuvraj Singh, with 11 scalps. His consistent performances prompted bowling coach Eric Simons to call him the unsung hero of India's World Cup victory.

Yet again, though, the high did not last long and within a few months Munaf was once again dropped from the national side in all three formats. Nevertheless, he continued to play domestic cricket for Baroda.


Anand Vasu and Cricinfo staff

Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test132526581349354/257/9738.543.0475.90100
ODI706731542603864/294/2930.264.9536.60300
T20I33608642/252/2521.508.6015.00000
FC691225956452316/1324.432.7653.001482
List A140670451551734/214/2129.794.6138.70600
T20101101220125471045/215/2124.496.9421.10210
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test131466015*7.5014242.25008160
ODI70271674156.7211266.070071110
T20I310000.0010.00000000
FC6982317617814.92110269.0502140
List A1405328210288.4000290
T2010122144723*5.876078.330050210
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Munaf Patel returned to action in the LPL
Munaf Patel's appeal was turned down
Munaf Patel found himself rolling in the deep
Munaf Patel picks up Murali Vijay
Munaf Patel is all smiles after dismissing Chris Gayle cheaply
Munaf Patel defended 11 in the final over to earn a one-run win