World Cup-Winner Munaf Patel Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Game
Former India pacer Munaf Patel has brought down curtains on his cricket career, thus ending his 15-year journey in the game.
Munaf Patel’s career took a turn for the good after he impressed for the Board President’s XI against the touring England side in 2006. He picked up ten wickets for 91 runs which saw him receive a call from the national selection panel for the second Test.
A week later, he picked up 7 for 97 in Mohali to mark his arrival in international cricket. He soon became a regular in the national side. But his early promise and pace soon started fading away as he found himself falling down the pecking order. What further made things tough for him was injuries.
He made it to India’s squad for the 2011 World Cup luckily after an injury ruled Praveen Kumar out of the tournament. Munaf went on to justify the decision. He finished the competition as India’s third-highest wicket-taker behind Zaheer and Yuvraj Singh, with 11 scalps. But few months later, he once again found himself out of favour and never represented India against after the tour of England in 2011.
Speaking about his retirement, Munaf said he does not have any regrets.
“There is no regret; after all the cricketers I played with have retired. Only Dhoni is left! Baki sab done ho chuke hain. So, there is no sadness as such. Sabka time khatam ho chuka hain, ghum hota jab saare khel rahe hote aur mein retire kar raha hota (everyone’s time is up; there will be sadness only if others are playing and only I had quit!),” he told The Indian Express.
The right-arm pacer will soon appear in T10 League to be held in Dubai along with several former teammates. Munaf is now eyeing a career in coaching.
He further said that the decision to quit the game was not an easy one.
“Mera mann aaj bhi nahi maan raha hai ke cricket chhodoon as I don’t know anything else. Cricket hi samaj mein aata hain. (I still can’t believe I am quitting cricket as I don’t know anything else. I understand only cricket,” he said.
Patel, who last played for India in 2011, represented the country in 13 Tests, 70 ODIs and 3 T20Is. An important part of the team that won the 2011 World Cup, Patel took 35 Tests wickets, 76 ODI wickets and 4 T20I wickets. He was last seen in action in last year’s Indian Premier League where he played a couple of games for Gujarat Lions, picking up just a solitary wicket. He is retiring with an experience of 69 first-class, 140 List A and 97 T20 games.
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