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Famous cricket players of Indian cricket team: Munaf Patel

by on March 21, 2011
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Famous cricket players of Indian cricket team: Munaf Patel

  • Munaf Patel is a right-arm medium-fast bowler of Indian cricket team. Munaf is really good at moving the ball both ways off the pitch and avoid using many fancy tricks.
  • Munaf Patel made his debut in Indian cricket team against English cricket team on April 3, 2006. Munaf has played 70 one day internation matches, taking 86 wickets at an average of 30.26 with an economy rate of 4.95. The best ODI bowling figure of Munaf Patel is 4/29.
  • Munaf Patel made his test debut in Indian cricket side on March 9, 2006 against England. Patel has played 13 test matches, taking 34 wickets at an average of 36.17 with an economy rate of 3.08. Munaf Patel’s best test bowling figures in an innings and match are 4/35 and 7/79.
  • The bowling average of Munaf in day-night games is 24.53 however his average in day matches is 38.50 which clearly indicates that he performs better in a day-night match.

Munaf could have been a major bowler for India in the long run if he didn’t face so many injuries over the time. He was endorsed by cricket legends such as Sachin Tendulkar and Steve Waugh for his skills. In 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, Munaf Patel took 3 English wickets by giving only 13 runs and was awarded Man of the Match for his amazing performance. There have been times where Munaf was considered a threat but it was unfortunate for him to face injuries when his career actually started. Munaf Patel has performed under some extremely pressurizing conditions. For instance, in a series against South Africa just before the 2011 Cricket World Cup, it was Munaf who in the second test match took 4 wickets for 29 runs and made it possible for India to win the second match after losing first test match to South Africa. Despite his significant contributions, Munaf is lost somewhere in the massive talent that is currently present in the Indian cricket team. 

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