Min Patel

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Min Patel
Personal information
Full name Minal Mahesh Patel
Born (1970-07-07) 7 July 1970 (age 48)
Bombay, India
Nickname Diamond
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Slow left arm orthodox
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 579) 6 June 1996 v India
Last Test 9 July 1996 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1989–2007 Kent (squad no. 77)
2005–2006 Central Districts
Career statistics
Competition Tests FC LA T20
Matches 2 208 85 9
Runs scored 45 3,945 269 18
Batting average 22.50 17.37 9.96 6.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/17 0/0 0/0
Top score 27 87 27* 8
Balls bowled 276 44,787 3,648 196
Wickets 1 630 88 15
Bowling average 180.00 30.64 30.69 17.13
5 wickets in innings 0 30 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 9 0 0
Best bowling 1/101 8/96 3/20 4/26
Catches/stumpings 2/– 102/– 24/– 0/–
Source: CricInfo, 13 November 2007

Minal Mahesh Patel (born 7 July 1970) is a retired Indian-born English cricketer who made two appearances in Test cricket for the England cricket team. He was a right-handed batsman and a slow left arm bowler, who primarily played for Kent County Cricket Club. As of 2018 he is the Second XI coach at Kent.

Born in Bombay (now called Mumbai), and educated in England at Dartford Grammar School and later Manchester Polytechnic, Patel's first-class cricket debut for Kent came at the end of the 1989 English cricket season, in a match against Middlesex.[1] He became a regular in the Kent side over the following seasons, and in 1994 and 1995 "took wickets for fun";[2] indeed in 1994 he was the leading wicket-taker in England with 90 at a bowling average of 22.86.[3] Pitches at Kent's home ground, the St Lawrence Ground, began to be prepared specifically for the spin bowling of Patel and Carl Hooper, despite the home side also boasting a seam attack of Alan Igglesden, Martin McCague, Dean Headley and Duncan Spencer.[4]

1996 saw Patel make his Test debut against the country of his birth, India. One of seven players to make their debut in the match at Edgbaston,[5] Patel struggled to make an impact on a green wicket, only bowling ten overs in England's eight wicket win.[6] Left out for the second Test at Lord's, he returned for the third Test at Trent Bridge. Again, Patel struggled on a pitch not suited to spin bowling, however he managed to take his maiden (and last) Test wicket; that of Sanjay Manjrekar, caught by Graeme Hick.[7]

Patel's career looked to be in jeopardy during 1997, when a combination of injuries sustained while teaching PE and whilst batting for his club side ruled him out for most of the season.[4] He returned the following season, and performed consistently for them through the following eight seasons.[8]

Patel joined Central Districts for one season over the winter of 2005/2006, where he proved a useful asset in the side's State Championship victory, taking six wickets in the final.[9] This came after he had been mentioned in relation to a possible recall to the England squad[4] as cover for Ashley Giles on the tour of Pakistan.

Following a recurring elbow injury, he announced his retirement from first-class cricket at the start of the 2008 season.[10]

References

  1. ^ CricketArchive. "Kent v Middlesex at Canterbury, 1989". Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  2. ^ Cricinfo. "Got him!". Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  3. ^ CricketArchive. "First-class Bowling in England for 1994 (Ordered by Wickets)". Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  4. ^ a b c Matthew Reed. "Brief Profile of Min Patel". Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  5. ^ Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. "1997 – England v India". Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  6. ^ Cricinfo. "1st Test: England v India at Edgbaston, Jun 6–9, 1996". Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  7. ^ Cricinfo. "3rd Test: England v India at Nottingham, Jul 4–9, 1996". Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  8. ^ CricketArchive. "First-class bowling in Each Season by Min Patel". Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  9. ^ Cricinfo. "Final: Wellington v Central Districts at Wellington, 3–7 Apr, 2006". Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  10. ^ Cricinfo. "Min Patel announces retirement". Retrieved 2008-05-04.

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