Towering Pakistani pacer Mohammad Irfan is likely to make his comeback to international cricket in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Irfan was ruled out of the 2015 World Cup midway and has not played an international game since then. His last ODI was against South Africa in Auckland, when he took 3 crucial wickets to hand Pakistan the advantage.
A stress fracture to the pelvis region had ended Irfan’s promising World Cup campaign. The 33 year old pacer though, returned to competitive cricket on Saturday, as he took part in Pakistan’s domestic T20 competition. Greatly for Irfan, he struck on the very first delivery he bowled.
Speaking to the media, Irfan looked pretty optimistic about his comeback to international cricket. Irfan was quoted saying, “I am playing here in Faisalabad with the permission of the cricket board and selectors.” “They wanted to see how I respond after recovering from the injury and I am hopeful I would be considered for the one-dayers and T20 game in Sri Lanka next month. I enjoy cricket and bowling and it is a challenge bowling in T20 cricket, but I have learnt how to cope with the mindset of the batsmen now”, said Irfan.
Irfan also said that he was really crestfallen as his World Cup campaign ended midway, just when he found form. The pacer had a decent World Cup, as he had 8 wickets to his name in 5 games. Irfan said that he wanted to play to quarter final against Australia at any cost.
“I am fine now and completely fit as the rehabilitation process has been very good, but the regret is still there,” he said. “I couldn’t play in the World Cup quarter-final against Australia and that was such a big match. I was so pumped up in that tournament and was bowling with fire but I guess one can’t fight such things,” said Irfan.