2011 World Cup winning squad member Munaf Patel announced retirement from all forms of cricket on Saturday. The Indian medium-fast bowler states fitness and age issues behind his retirement from cricket.
The Munaf was known for his accurate line and length, given that the 35-year old bowler wasn’t the fastest of bowlers in the list.
"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!)," Munaf told Indian Express.
Munaf Patel has played 70 ODI’s, 13 Tests, three T-20’s in his career. While the Gujarat pacer has bagged 67 wickets in OD I ’s, Munaf didn’t taste much of a success in Test Matches, claiming only 35 wickets. The tall and lanky pacer could only manage to play three T-20’s, garnering four wickets at an economy of 8.60.
“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," Munaf said.
Munaf Patel played a key role in the 2011 World Cup, who went on to become the third highest wicket-taker in the tournament to help India win the World Cup for the second time. He played alongside the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir etc.
"If it wasn't for cricket, I would have been a worker, a labourer, in some company in Africa. Most Gujaratis from this region go there. Probably, I would have been cleaning and arranging tiles. I never thought I would go on playing cricket for so long," Munaf said.