Munaf Musa Patel is an Indian cricketer who bowls right-arm medium fast and plays all formats of the game. He was born on 12 July 1983 in Ikhtar, Gujarat.
He represented the Indian national side in the 2007 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cups, and several other tours.
Munaf Patel was under the spotlight in 2003 when he caught the eye of former Australian pacer Dennis Lillee and former Australian captain Steve Waugh. With the help of Sachin Tendulkar, Munaf signed for Mumbai before even playing first class cricket for his native.
He was considered to be India’s next big bowling talent due to his ability to control pace and deliver at consistent speeds of 130-140 kmph.
Munaf Patel made his international debut in a Test match against England on 9 March 2006. His debut was a huge success as he picked up seven wickets for 97 runs.
He made his ODI debut in the succeeding month, on 3 April 2009 in the same tour against England. His T20 debut came on 9 January 2011 against England.
Rise to Prominence
Munaf Patel was a player who was constantly struggling with injuries and had a hard time overcoming each. He was sent to the Australian Institute of Sport to improve his efficiency and he successfully broke through into the Indian team in 2006.
His first match-winning performance came against Australia in the DLF Cup when he dismissed Phil Jaques, Michael Clarke and Stuart Clark. During the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy against England, Munaf Patel picked up three wickets by giving away just 18 runs to win his first Man of the Match award.
He helped India win the first match against South Africa in South Africa since 2003 by helping them get a 1-run victory, with the dismissal of Wayne Parnell. His performance in the 2011 World Cup was arguably his last best performance for the national team.
Munaf Patel was a part of the 2007 World Cup squad that failed to get through the group-stage by making an early exit.
He was injured for a long period of time that left the team looking for a replacement in Lakshmipathy Balaji. Being one of the fastest bowlers India has ever had, Munaf failed to maintain consistency due to his nagging injuries.
Munaf began his cricketing career by starting at a club instead of representing his native. He signed for the Mumbai cricket team in 2003 and that is where his pacing skills sprouted.
He signed a deal with the Rajasthan Royals in 2008, where he would stay on for three seasons before moving to the Mumbai Indians.
He played for his second Mumbai-based side for three seasons and was left unpicked after the sixth IPL. He returned to IPL action in 2017 when he signed a deal for the Gujarat Lions, but was not a part of the regular playing XI.