Indian fast bowler Munaf Patel feels that his bowling experience of bowling on the flat Indian pitches will count during this IPL, where he will be seen in Gujarat Lions’ outfit.
He said, “Experience to play on Indian wickets, which are batting-friendly, is very important. Luckily, Gujarat Lions has medium pacers, who have enough experience to play on Indian wickets.”
“I, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony and Dhaval Kulkarni, all the four medium pacers have enough experience to play on Indian wickets. We all have played for the country and have enough experience of playing in IPL.”
“We all know one another, as well as our skipper very well in terms of what he wants from us as a bowling unit and that, will give us an advantage of being Indians and playing on these wickets,” Patel added.
He quoted while explaining his role in the team as a senior player, “It's really a proud feeling that I am one of the senior players of the squad and will lead the bowling department along with other senior bowlers. But I will have to carry extra responsibility of being one of the senior players in the squad.”
Munaf was a part of India’s World Cup Winning team in 2011, where he was instrumental with the new ball for India throughout the tournament.
Earlier, he was a part of Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. He believes GL has a good bowling unit. Patel said, “Though all of us have experience of bowling on Indian wickets, our main focus would be to restrict the opposition to the lowest possible target.”
The 33-year-old also has a say over his national comeback. “I do not think about it...my only focus is to perform well for my team. If I perform well, it will help me and my team too,” he concluded.