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Munaf refutes suggestion he was not fit

cricket Updated: Feb 02, 2009 22:22 IST

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Pace bowler Munaf Patel, who was forced to return home following a groin injury, on Monday dismissed suggestions that he was not fit for the series against Sri Lanka.

"Those are all baseless reports. I was 100 per cent fit before the game and as I said it was only after the match that I got this injury. In fact, I am actually a lot better than what I was on Thursday or Friday," said Munaf on his return from Colombo.

Munaf hurt his groin during the first one-dayer, during which he bowled just five wicketless overs giving 32 runs. He couldn't play the second one-dayer and the Indian team management decided to send him back and recalled L Balaji to the team instead.

"I am devastated to have miss out on the remainder of the five-match ODI series. Though my figures may not show it but I was really bowling in good rhythm in the first One-day International," said a dejected Munaf, who headed straight to Bangalore for a rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

"Immediately after the first One-day International, I felt a little tightness in the right groin and spoke to the physio Nitin Patel. Then, there was a MRI scan done yesterday which showed contusion in the groin area," the 25-year old, who expects to be fully fit in seven to ten days, told 'ESPN STAR Sports'.