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Born to a family which was opposed to cricket, Patel first gained prominence in 2003 at the age of 20 before he had even played first class cricket for Gujarat, when he was invited to the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai by the Indian chairman of selectors Kiran More. There he attracted the attention of visiting Australian captain Steve Waugh, and the director Dennis Lillee, a former Australian fast bowler with his raw pace. However, with the backing of Sachin Tendulkar, he was captured by Mumbai in a transfer deal, in late 2003, without ever representing his native Gujarat.
Full name Munaf Musa Patel Born July 12, 1983, Ikhar, Gujarat Current age 23 years 251 days Major teams India,Gujarat,Indian Board President's XI,Reebok XI Batting style Right-hand bat Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast