Few medium-pacers had generated as much hype before bowling a ball in first-class, let alone international, cricket as had Munaf Musa Patel, the young boy from the little town of Ikhar in Bahruch, Gujarat. Kiran More had seen him bowl in the nets and sent him straight to the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai to train under TA Sekhar and Dennis Lillee. Soon he was being hailed as the fastest man in Indian cricket. Then, even as Baroda and Gujarat vied for his services, Munaf chose Mumbai, after Sachin Tendulkar had taken special interest in him and had a word with the authorities in the Mumbai Cricket Association. Even then Munaf’s first-class career was anything but smooth as he spent more time recovering from various injuries than actually playing.