Munaf Patel is reliving the moments that culminated in India's 2011 World Cup triumph but while doing so he also fears that the lack of a bowling spearhead like Zaheer Khan and an inexperienced attack might dent the team's chances of defending the title Down Under.
India is the second largest country in terms of population, the most amongst any other cricket playing nation and is considered the breeding ground of World champions. It is undoubtedly the power house of world cricket in terms of finance and resources. It has a rich history of producing world-class batsmen.
Kerala shocked Baroda by 22 runs but failed to progress to the final from Group B as the latter went through on the last ball by virtue of a better net run rate after the two teams finished level on points in the Syed Mushtaq Ali All India T20 tournament here on Saturday.
Gujarat beat Baroda by 73 runs in the West Zone Vijay Hazare trophy tie at the Madhavrao Scindia cricket ground here, on the back of a spectacular half century by Rohit Bhatt and all-round performance by Jesal Karia.
Pacer Munaf Patel`s six-wicket haul helped Baroda humiliate Services in an emphatic innings and 147 runs win after the visiting side was sent packing for just 31 in its second essay on day three in their Ranji Trophy Group B encounter here on monday.
Struggling opener Gautam Gambhir will feature in the five-day Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) Cricket tournament along with several other players including Munaf Patel, Amit Mishra, Rohit Sharma and Anjinkya Rahane, from March 4-8 here.
High on confidence following their comprehensive win over Haryana in their tournament opener, Vidarbha would look to carry on the momentum and go for another outright victory when they take on a depleted Baroda in their second Ranji Trophy Group B match here on Friday.
What a spectacular run-chase it has been for the Mumbai Indians. They slumped to 55/5 at one stage and it was an incredible 129 run sixth wicket stand between Ambati Rayudu (81 from 54) and Kieron Pollard (52 from 31) that helped him register an emphatic win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mumbai Indians have never lost a match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. They have won all the four matches they have played on the ground.
Mumbai Indians pacer Munaf Patel was on Sunday fined 50 per cent of his match fee for making offensive gestures to opposition players in his side`s Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab here.