And it was this that first caught the eye about three years ago.
Now he has added reverse swing to his repertoire and has troubled batsmen with a well-directed yorker.
He shot to fame after playing a negative role in the film Sharmeelee.
Sunil Dutt had recommended his name after liking his performance in Sawan Bhadon and Reshma Aur Shera.
Even then Patel's first-class career was anything but smooth as he spent more time recovering from various injuries than actually playing.
Soon he was being hailed as the fastest man in Indian cricket.Then, even as Baroda and Gujarat vied for his services, Patel chose Mumbai, after Sachin Tendulkar had taken special interest in him and had a word with the authorities in the Mumbai Cricket Association. Kiran More, now chairman of selectors, 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. Full name Munaf Musa Patel Born July 12, 1983, Ikhar, Gujarat Current age 23 years 103 days Major teams India, Gujarat, Indian Board President's XI Batting style Right-hand bat Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast Test debut India v England at Chandigarh - Mar 9-13, 2006 scorecard Last Test West Indies v India at Kingston - Jun 30-Jul 2, 2006 scorecard ODI debut India v England at Goa - Apr 3, 2006 scorecard Last ODI India v England at Jaipur - Oct 15, 2006 scorecard First-class span 2003/04 - 2006 List A span 2003/04 - 2006/07 Few medium-pacers had generated as much hype before bowling a ball in first-class, let alone international cricket as Munaf Musa Patel, the young boy from the little town of Ikhar in Bahruch, Gujarat did in early 2003.
After plenty of speculation and close calls he finally received a call from the national selection panel for the second Test against England in March 2006, after an impressive performance for the Board President's XI saw him pick up 10 English wickets for 91 runs.
Things just got better a couple of weeks later against England at Mohali when he ended with 7 for 97, the best performance by an Indian fast bowler on Test debut.