Irfan Pathan has opened up and put an end to some of the debatable things around him. Irfan Pathan who made his debut in Test cricket in 2003 against Australia in Australia gave hopes to the millions of Indian fans and he made everyone believe that India had a fast-bowling all-rounder that was quite uncommon even now in Indian cricket.
Irfan Pathan made rapid progress in the international arena and gained the reputation of being a true all-rounder and was considered one of those talents to be admired. His unprecedented hat trick against Pakistan in the Karachi test will be remembered for centuries.
Irfan Pathan had to face a major set back probably a Career defining one when he had to miss cricket due to an injury and he never looked the same once he came back after the injury. He lost a yard of pace and he was seen as a liability in the playing XI as he was degraded to the first change bowler and also team management expected more from him with the bat as well. Many people also said they believed that Greg Chappell was the primary reason behind the decline of Irfan as a bowler, but Irfan completely denied these reports.
Irfan Pathan said,
“All these discussions- people talking about Greg Chappell-they are just covering up. (The discussion that) Irfan was not interested. It was coming from somewhere. All the aura they made that Irfan lost his swing, people need to understand, that you are not going to get the same kind of swing that you get in 10 overs. I was still getting the swing”.
“I remember getting dropped after winning the game in Sri Lanka in 2008, who gets dropped after winning the game for the country without any reason?” added Pathan.
Irfan Pathan who has played more than 150 international games across formats for India, has scored more than 2700 runs to go with 300 international wickets. For his magical spell of 4 overs for 16 runs and 3 wickets, he was the man of the match In the finals of T20 World cup in 2007 against Pakistan.
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