Early Life of Munaf Patel
Munaf Musa Patel was born on 12th July, 1983, in a small town named Ikhar, in Gujarat. Despite his family’s objection to cricket, Munaf pursued it with steadfastness to become part of the national squad.
Early Career of Munaf Patel
In early days of his career, Munaf Patel has played for the West Zone in Duleep Trophy and for Gujarat, Maharashtra and Mumbai cricket team, though he started playing cricket for Matadar Cricket Club, since 1992. He has also played in the Indian Premier League. Initially, he played with Rajasthan Royals for three seasons, but recently joined the Mumbai Indians.
Munaf Patel played for the Gujarat team in first class cricket before he was selected for MRF pace foundation in Chennai. Then he was backed by Sachin Tendulkar and went to play for Mumbai cricket team. During 2004, Munaf was injured and was sent to Australian Institute of Sport for bio-mechanical analysis on his bowling action, to improve his dexterity. He was highly criticized for his injury by the coach Sandip Patil, who had the notion that Munaf had a mental blockage while dealing with injuries.
International Career of Munaf Patel
In 2005, after getting 10 wickets against England for the board President XI, Munaf Patel was selected in the Indian test squad for second test against England in Punjab Cricket Association Ground, Mohali where he played his first test match. In his debut match he took 7 wickets for 97 runs including 4/25 in second innings and influenced by delivering swing ball in both direction. In the Test series against West Indies in 2005-2006, Munaf proved himself the fastest bowler in India, maintaining an average speed of 87mph.
In the second match in DLF cup, Munaf Patel picked up 3 wickets for 54 runs. Again in the first match of 2006, ICC Champions Trophy against England, he helped India win the game, claiming 3 wickets in only18 runs and was awarded as the ‘Man of the Match’. Munaf Patel made his ODI debut against England at Margao, on April 3rd, 2006. He has played 65 ODI matches and scored a total of 74 runs. His highest score in ODI is 15 with an average of 6.72. In bowling, Munaf has taken 84 wickets and gave 2425 runs out of 2988 balls.
He was a part of 2007 ICC World Cup team which failed tremendously in the group stage. He was a part of the Bangladesh tour following the World Cup 2007 disaster and also toured with the team to England, where he played in two games. He could not continue for long in England and took 4 wickets before he was ruled out of the series due to injury. Subsequently he was ruled out of the team due to injury issues, but was later recalled due to the injury of Rudra Pratap Singh and Santhakumaran Sreesanth. For the opening match of Sri Lanka tour in 2009, Munaf was selected to the team. He bowled five overs and went wicket-less, and gave away 32 runs. He then picked up a groin injury before the second match and was replaced in the squad by Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Munaf Patel performed well and played a significant role in ICC World Cup 2011. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had immense faith in Munaf and as a bowler he delivered the goods. He played an important role in the India Pakistan semi-final match, held at Punjab Cricket Association Ground, Mohali where he performed well and also played in the finals of the World Cup 2011. He is a part of Mumbai Indians setup after three seasons with Rajasthan Royals. His last ODI match was played against West Indies in 2011 tour of England.
Career Statistics of Munaf Patel
The career statistics of Munaf Patel is as follows: