Munaf Patel is one of those fast bowlers for India who has not been appreciated as much as he should have. He is a world cup winner. He has played in 13 Test Matches and in those Matches he has taken 35 Wickets at an average of 38.54. He has also played in 70 ODIs for India and has taken 86 Wickets. He has taken 3 Four wicket Hauls. He has taken a total of 120+ international wickets.
Let’s look at the Top 5 Best Bowling Performances of Munaf Patel
1) 4/25 vs England (2006)
This is the best bowling performance by Munaf Patel in international cricket. It came in his first test match and he was ready to show that he belongs to the test arena. This was in a test match against England and he took 3 Wickets as well. However in the second innings he took 4 wickets for 25 runs in 13 overs at under 2 runs per over. Due to his 7 Wicket haul in this test match it was India who won the test match by 9 wickets.
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2) 4/29 vs South Africa (2011)
This was the best bowling performance by Munaf Patel in ODIs. This was in a closely contested ODI against South Africa and in this match India beat South Africa by 1 run. Munaf Patel bowled 8 overs and he gave away 29 runs at 3.63 runs per over. This was one of those bowling performances that made Munaf Patel into a big star.
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3) 4/48 vs Bangladesh (2011)
The best World Cup performance for Munaf Patel is the first match of the 2011 World Cup. This was an important tournament for India and Munaf Patel was an important part of the fast bowling attack. In this match Bangladesh needed 371 runs and Munaf Patel bowled 10 overs for 48 runs and he took 4 wickets. His spell was important in restricting Bangladesh for 283 and India won the match by 87 runs and they got off to the perfect start.
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4) 4/49 vs Sri Lanka (2007)
The fourth performance in this list is the bowling performance that he delivered against Sri Lanka. This match was won by Sri Lanka by 5 runs but Munaf Patel was outstanding. He bowled 9 overs and he took 4 wickets for 49 Runs. Munaf Patel could do well against any opponent at any time and 3 Four wicket hauls against high quality opponents shows that.
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5) 3/51 vs West Indies (2006)
This was his second best test performance and he was ready to give his best. He bowled 17 overs in this innings and he was at his best and he gave away 51 runs at 3 Runs per over. Munaf Patel was both a good test match Bowler who could book well in both innings of a test match. This match was a draw and he also picked up 2 wickets in the second innings. Munaf Patel should have played more international cricket but the ones he played, he made a massive impact and the fact that he is a World Champion cannot be taken from him.