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    March 09, 2006

    Munaf and munaafa

    I hope the Urdu word 'munaafa' means profit so I can go ahead with trying to make a horrible pun :)

    In any case, Munaf Musa Patel had a fairly good first day of test cricket at Mohali. He started off quite warily, mostly trying to keep it tight. But he does have a good reputation for using reverse swing, as he proved against England last month in the tour game. His last spell of the day tilted the day in India's favour. A screeching yorker, timed at nearly 90 mph came close to dismissing Collingwood. A couple of balls later, a slower ball to an ominously well set Pevin Kietersen, resulted in a return catch, which was rather nicely held. His team-mates were obviously thrilled to get the dangerous Pietersen out.
    Kevin Pietersen c & b Munaf PatelMunaf Patel mobbed by team mates

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    Pathan and Harbhajan appear to be strangling Patel and look sheer evil.

    By Anonymous Pratyush (09-Mar-2006, 7:46:00 PM)  

    I belive 'munaafa' is hindi? It does mean profit.

    By Blogger worma (09-Mar-2006, 7:56:00 PM)  

    pratyush: I can understand why Harbhajan would strangle someone who got a wicket, but why Irfan?! :)

    worma: As long as it means profit, my pun is valid :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (09-Mar-2006, 11:39:00 PM)  

    really nice way to get started in test cricket.getting in form peitersen as ur first test wicket is something to be really proud of

    By Anonymous nagraj (10-Mar-2006, 1:06:00 AM)  

    The reverse swing he gets, is amazing. He also bowls with a good pace. Bowling at 90 mph is no little thing.

    By Blogger Sesh (10-Mar-2006, 9:11:00 AM)  

    I've been waiting for Munaf Patel to get on the international scene since I heard of him 3 years back. Am glad he's finally there. But nows the hardest part, fulfilling the hype and promise. If I remember correctly Zaheer Khan also came on the scene bowling close to 90mph but has sadly frittered away. Indian cricket has been lacking an express, tearaway fast bowler for, well forever now. Strangely enough, Indian quicks seem to lose pace with age, Zaheer and Pathan both being examples. Now again we have hope in the form of Munaf. Hope we do get the munaafa desired. He has the raw material for sure, but only time will tell if he can give us the finished product.

    By Anonymous Arjun (10-Mar-2006, 12:58:00 PM)  

    arjun: Yes, Munaf has been around for 2-3 seasons now and knows how to deal with injury, failure etc. But as for Zaheer, he never seems to completely recover from injuries. Pathan's pace has dropped, undoubtedly. But he wasn't really ever a swing bowler. He needs to find the optimum pace to bowl at which his swing is effective.

    By Blogger Jagadish (11-Mar-2006, 12:59:00 AM)  

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