Munaf Patel

Country: India
Born: July 12, 1983, Ikhar, Gujarat
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium fast
Playing role: Bowler

Munaf Patel Bio

Munaf Musa Patel is a renowned Indian cricket player known for his skill in medium-pace bowling. Born and raised in the small town of Ikhar in Bahruch, Gujarat, Munaf quickly garnered attention for his exceptional talent even before making his debut in first-class and international cricket.

It was Kiran More, the former Indian wicketkeeper, who first noticed Munaf’s exceptional bowling skills while watching him practice in the nets. Impressed by his talent, More wasted no time and sent Munaf to the prestigious MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, where he trained under the watchful eyes of TA Sekhar and the legendary Dennis Lillee. It was during this time that Munaf earned the reputation of being the fastest bowler in Indian cricket.

Munaf’s rise to prominence came with the backing of none other than Sachin Tendulkar himself. After a word from Tendulkar to the Mumbai Cricket Association, Munaf decided to represent Mumbai in domestic cricket, despite the interest from both Baroda and Gujarat. However, his early years in the first-class circuit were marred by numerous injuries, leading to more time spent in recovery than on the field.

Despite his setbacks, Munaf persevered, gradually refining his technique. With a strong build and a distinct windmill-like action, Munaf found his stride and soon became known for his ability to bowl quick, intimidating deliveries. He also developed the skill of reverse swing and became adept at delivering accurate yorkers that troubled batsmen.

In March 2006, Munaf received his well-deserved call-up to the national team for the second Test against England. This opportunity came after a remarkable performance for the Board President’s XI, where he took 10 English wickets for just 91 runs. He made a memorable debut in the Test arena, finishing with figures of 7 for 97 in Mohali, the best debut performance by an Indian fast bowler.

Munaf’s impressive performances continued against West Indies, solidifying his place in the national side. However, like many young Indian fast bowlers, he faced a challenging period where he struggled to maintain his initial form. Losing pace and making inconsistent appearances led to his exclusion from the Test side, although he managed a few decent performances in ODIs.

In 2009, Munaf returned to the spotlight, surprising many as a selection for the New Zealand tour. He contributed to India’s victory in Hamilton and managed to stay in contention for a while. Unfortunately, injuries and a hectic schedule hindered his progress, and he found himself out of the national team again.

In a surprising turn of events, Munaf was named as a replacement for Praveen Kumar in India’s 2011 World Cup squad. He seized the opportunity and emerged as India’s unsung hero, ending the tournament as their third-highest wicket-taker with 11 scalps. His consistent performances throughout the campaign earned him praise from the team’s bowling coach, Eric Simons.

However, Munaf’s success was short-lived, and he once again found himself dropped from the national team across all formats. Undeterred, he continued to showcase his talents at the domestic level, representing Baroda in various tournaments.

Despite the ups and downs throughout his career, Munaf Musa Patel’s contributions to Indian cricket should not be understated. His ability to generate pace, deliver accurate yorkers, and trouble batsmen with reverse swing have made him a respected figure in the cricketing world. Although injuries and fluctuations in form have hindered his progress, Munaf’s resilience and determination have allowed him to leave a mark on the game.

Munaf Patel Career Stats

Munaf Patel Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 13 14 6 60 15* 7.5 142 42.25 0 0 8 1 6 0
T20Is 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ODIs 70 27 16 74 15 6.72 112 66.07 0 0 7 1 11 0
FC 69 82 31 761 78 14.92 1102 69.05 0 2 - - 14 0
List A 140 53 28 210 28 8.4 - - 0 0 - - 29 0
T20s 101 22 14 47 23* 5.87 60 78.33 0 0 5 0 21 0

Munaf Patel Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 13 25 2658 1349 35 4/25 7/97 38.54 3.04 75.9 1 0 0
T20Is 3 3 60 86 4 2/25 2/25 21.5 8.6 15 0 0 0
ODIs 70 67 3154 2603 86 4/29 4/29 30.26 4.95 36.6 3 0 0
FC 69 - 12259 5645 231 6/13 - 24.43 2.76 53 14 8 2
List A 140 - 6704 5155 173 4/21 4/21 29.79 4.61 38.7 6 0 0
T20s 101 101 2201 2547 104 5/21 5/21 24.49 6.94 21.1 2 1 0

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