India fast bowler Munaf Patel has announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Friday. Patel, who made his debut for India in March 2006, played 13 Tests, 70 ODIs and three T20Is for the team. He was a member of the 2011 World Cup winning team too.
“There is no regret; after all, the cricketers I played with have retired,” Munaf told The Indian Express. “Only Dhoni is left! So, there is no sadness as such. Everyone’s time is up; I would have been sad had others been playing and I had quit.
"There is no special reason, age is not on my side, fitness is not the same. Youngsters are there waiting for chances and it doesn’t look nice if I keep hanging on. The main thing is there is no motivation left. I was part of World Cup winning team in 2011; there can’t be a greater high than that.”
Patel, who last played for India in 2011, represented Mumbai, Baroda and Gujarat in domestic cricket. In IPL, he played for Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions.
He will next appear in the upcoming T10 league in Dubai. He maintains that he would want to remain associated with the game. “I still can’t believe I am quitting cricket as I don’t know anything else. I understand only cricket.”