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Who Is Monank Patel? The USA Skipper Who 'Inspired' His Side To Historic Win Vs PAK In T20 WC

Monank celebrates his fifty Vs Pakistan [AP]
Monank celebrates his fifty Vs Pakistan [AP]

Captain Monank Patel, with his fifty, led the United States of America to defeat Pakistan in a super-over thriller in Dallas on Thursday as they go to the top of the Group A table with two wins in two games, making the group dynamics interesting.

The India-born Patel, who put Pakistan in to bat first after winning the toss scored a player of the match winning 50(38), steering the USA ship steadily in the run chase. Although the game went deep into the super over due to late hiccups in the run chase, the US managed to send shock waves in the group.

Who is Monank Patel? The Inspirational USA skipper

The 31-year-old opener who has previously played age-group cricket for Gujarat made a switch to the United States in 2016 due to a lack of opportunities in India. Patel first got picked in the USA squad for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier in 2018-19 to qualify for the 2021 T20 World Cup where he top-scored in the tournament with 208 runs in 6 games.

He made his List-A debut for them in October of 2018 where he also scored the first century for an American in Super50, 2018-19. He was also named in the ICC World Cricket League Division Three, 2018 for the qualification process of the 2023 World Cup in India.

The, then 26-year-old batter helped the USA get their ODI status in the ICC World Cricket League Division Two, 2019. This was followed by his ODI debut in USA's first-ever ODI against PNG in April 2019.

The Gujarat-born player who also plays for MI New York and MI Emirates was named as the captain of the US national team for the 2021 T20 World Cup America Qualifiers in Antigua and this year he became the first ever captain of the states to lead them in a home ICC mega event.