Munaf Patel reveals what he said to Mohammad Hafeez after dismissing him in the 2011 World Cup semi-final

Munaf Patel reveals what he said to Mohammad Hafeez after dismissing him in the 2011 World Cup semi-final

Munaf also picked up the crucial wicket of Abdul Razzaq in the must-win game at the PCA Stadium.

Munaf Patel
Munaf Patel. (Photo Source: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images)

The 2011 World Cup was a memorable one for Munaf Patel. The speedster was India’s third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament after Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh. In eight matches, Munaf picked up 11 wickets at a decent economy rate of 5.36 with best figures of 4 four 48 against Bangladesh in the opening match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

He also played a crucial role in India’s win over Pakistan in the semi-final at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. In 10 overs, Munaf got the wickets of Mohammad Hafeez and Abdul Razzaq, putting pressure on the opposition batting. Hafeez was batting on 43 with seven fours at a strike rate around 75 when Munaf got rid of him against the run of play.

Munaf Patel recalls Hafeez’s wicket

Hafeez went for a paddled sweep and edged the ball to MS Dhoni, who took a simple catch behind the wickets. In the meantime, Munaf went down the memory lane and recalled the time when he pinned Hafeez at a critical juncture of the encounter.

Munaf shared a picture of a moment from the game and asked, “Who all know this moment????” Replying to him, a fan asked, “Hahaha Sir. Remember I asked u about this dismissal. U didn’t tell what exactly u said to Hafeez.”

The former Indian pacer reverted to the Twitter user with a pinch of humour. Munaf replied to the user and wrote, “I thanked Hafeez for giving me wicket. Hehehe.”

As far as the match was concerned, India won by 29 runs after posting 260 for nine in their 50 overs. After electing to bat first, Sachin Tendulkar’s 85 guided India to the respectable total. A couple of 30s from Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina also propelled the home team’s score.

For Pakistan, Wahab Riaz picked up a five-wicket haul. In the run-chase, the Men in Green started in a steady manner courtesy of a 44-run stand for the opening wicket between Hafeez and Kamran Akmal.

However, wickets at frequent intervals kept pushing them back. Misbah-ul-Haq scored 56 off 76 balls, but his efforts weren’t enough for Pakistan to get over the finishing line as they were bowled out for 231.