2017 IPL Season 10 - Munaf Patel Returns To Action After a gap of 4 years - 1426 days, to be precise
The wheel turned a full circle of Munaf Patel on Sunday April 16,2017, when the former India player found himself back in Indian Premier League (IPL) action for Gujarat Lions (GL) against Mumbai Indians (MI), his former franchise, after a gap of 4 years - 1426 days, to be precise.
The tall Baroda fast bowler, famous for his languid style and action akin to Australian great Glenn McGrath, has been out of the news for so long that his return sent Twitter abuzz. Few even knew that he was still playing, though when he did take the field, he looked as fit, or unfit, as he always has.
When GL captained Suresh Raina said Patel would be playing, it took all concerned by surprise. After all, he would not be the first name that comes to mind when picking a squad nowadays.
Patel's last display in the IPL was in 2013, on May 21 to be exact, when he was fielded by MI against Chennai Super Kings.