"He could have been in Zambia instead..."

After Munaf's exploits in his debut test, everyone wants to know more about him. Sudheendra Tripathi (Express India) visits Ikhar to find out more from the villagers who first spotted his talents..

Yet he almost didn’t make it to cricket. ‘‘His father had decided to pack him off to Africa’’, says Javed ‘Khairoo’ Ghanchi (21), the Patels’ neighbour on Mirza Street, a relatively plush area with concrete roads and neat ground-plus-one houses. ‘‘Mirza-ji (Munaf’s father) had even sold a chunk of his 20-acre zameen to send him there.’’

Ghanchi, Munaf’s close friend, would know. Every family in predominantly Muslim Ikhar has at least one son living in Zambia, Nigeria or somewhere in the United Kingdom, sending expatriate earnings home to supplement the income from the cotton farm.

And Munaf, Ghanchi says, ‘‘has never worked on his farm’’. Instead, he was the carefree sort — even at cricket, which the other villagers would play with a passion once the cotton fields had been tended to.

‘‘That’s because he was a genius with the bat’’, says Dr Maqsood Patel, physician to Munaf and the entire village. ‘‘He has three centuries to his credit.’’

Another friend, Siraj Chhadat, adds: ‘‘And all of them scored at a strike rate of over 100, mind you.’’ There’s even talk of his volleyball prowess, especially smashing.


It is always interesting to hear what the neighbors have to say. Isn't it? I'm just happy that he didn't go to Zambia.

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Blogger worma 6:10 AM

Yeah...imagine Zambia having a better pace attack than us ;-)    



Blogger Chemosit 4:32 PM

I wish he had been sent to Kenya...    



Blogger vishnupavan 4:37 AM

chemosit, don't think we are ready to give away Munaf right now.. you can take Zaheer Khan if you want.    



Blogger Pratik 3:13 PM

LOL (about allowing Kenya to have ZK)

LOL (about Munaf being a genius with the bat)    



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