|Full name||Minal Mahesh Patel|
7 July 1970 |
Bombay (now Mumbai), India
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Bowling style||Slow left arm orthodox|
|Test debut (cap 579)||6 June 1996 v India|
|Last Test||9 July 1996 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|1989–2007||Kent (squad no. 77)|
Source: Cricinfo, 13 November 2007
Minal Mahesh Patel (born 7 July 1970) is a retired Indian-born cricketer; who made 2 appearances in Test cricket for England. He was a right-handed batsman and a slow left arm bowler, who primarily played for Kent.
Born in Bombay (now called Mumbai), and educated in England at Dartford Grammar School and later Manchester Polytechnic, Patel's first-class debut for Kent came at the tail-end of the 1989 English cricket season, in a match against high-flying Middlesex. He became a regular in the Kent side over the following seasons, and in 1994 and 1995 "took wickets for fun"; indeed in 1994 he was the leading wicket-taker in England with 90 at a bowling average of 22.86. 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.
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, Patel struggled to make an impact on a green wicket, only bowling ten overs in England's eight wicket win. 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.
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. He returned the following season, and performed consistently for them through the following eight seasons.
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. This came after he had been mentioned in relation to a possible recall to the England squad 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.
On 18 February 2009 he married Alison Hardwick.
On 9 May 2011, Min Patel visited Dartford Grammar School, where he was a student, for the grand opening ceremony of the cricket nets. Many guests and pupils joined him and Mr Oakes, the headmaster, in order to open the nets.
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