Munaf Patel Announcement Retirement From International Cricket

Rex Christensen
November 11, 2018

During his active years in global cricket, from 2006 to 2011, only Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh had picked up more wickets in ODIs for India. He soon became a regular in the national side.

Munaf was also part of India's 2011 World Cup-winning team and finished the tournament as the third-highest wicket-taker for the eventual champions, behind Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh. His last game for India was an ODI against England in Cardiff in September 2011.

Conceding that his "fitness is not the same", Munaf, in an interview with The Indian Express, added that there is no motivation left in him and he would like to make way for the younger generation. "I still can't believe I am quitting cricket as I don't know anything else". Only Dhoni is left! So, there is no sadness as such. Everyone's time is up; I would have been sad had others been playing and I had quit.

Following his retirement Munaf wants to pursue career in coaching.

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Munaf says that decision to retire from come cricket did not come easy for him and that cricket is all he has understood all his life, "Mera mann aaj bhi nahi maan raha hai ke cricket chhodoon as I don't know anything else".

He ended with 35 wickets in 13 Tests, 86 wickets from 70 ODIs and four scalps from three T20Is. "Cricket hi samaj mein aata hain". "I never thought I would go on playing cricket for so long", Munaf said.

"There is no regret; after all the cricketers I played with have retired", Munaf told The Indian Express. Zaheer had announced his worldwide retirement in 2015, Ashish Nehra called it a day previous year, while Praveen Kumar, whose injury ahead of the 2011 World Cup allowed Munaf to play in the tournament, retired last month.

The right-arm medium pacer played for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) before moving to Gujarat Lions. He is retiring with an experience of 69 first-class, 140 List A and 97 T20 games.

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