Last Updated on January 1, 2024, 7:45 am
Munaf Patel is a former Indian cricketer who led his team to victory by taking wickets many times. He was part of the 2011 Cricket World Cup-winning Indian team. The renowned cricketer announced his retirement from all types of games in 2018. Learn the reason behind his retirement.
Who is Munaf Patel?
Munaf Patel is a former Indian cricketer who played for his country from 2006-2011. Born on July 12, 1983, he is the right–handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler.
The 40-year-old cricketer debuted in Mohali on March 9, 2006, and led his team to victories by taking wickets several times. He was a member of the 2011 Cricket World Cup-winning Indian team. He represented India in 13 test matches, 70 ODIs, and 3 T20Is.
He took 35 wickets at an average of 38.54 in 13 Tests, with one famous four-wicket haul. In ODIs, he claimed 86 wickets at an average of 30.26 in 70 matches. He also played for the West Zone in the Duleep Trophy and Mumbai, Gujrat, and Maharashtra cricket teams. His last matches for India were in 2011 against the Widdies and England.
What happened to Munaf Patel?
Munaf Patel retired from all forms of competitive cricket in November 2018. He attributed his decision to his declining fitness and age. The 40-year-old’s career was marred by many injuries. He was dropped from the team several times due to his injuries, but he fought his way back every time. His injuries took a toll on his fitness, and he ended his career after the 2011 World Cup winning tournament as the third-highest wicket-taker for the eventual champions behind Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh, with 11 scalps.
He mentioned that he did not feel sad as he retired because he was proud of his contribution to national cricket and the notable batch of pacers he played with. He believed everyone had to go from the game one day, and he was the latest to leave. His teammates Zaher, Nehra, and Praveen all had retired before him. He enjoyed a great run and earned himself a name and a career marked with the World Cup. He couldn’t ask for more.
We wish him a happy retirement and a prosperous life. May he continue to thrive in his life.
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