Pakistan paceman Mohammad Irfan has revealed that he wants to repeat the heroics of Wasim Akram from the 1992 World Cup. He spoke to the reporters on the eve of Pakistan’s training session ahead of their second ODI against New Zealand at Napier. He also spoke about the fans’ craze on him and his height.
He said, It (the World Cup) is a big event and every player has a desire to play. I want to do what Wasim Akram did for Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup. It feels good that I perform for Pakistan. It’s my greatest desire to do well for Pakistan so that people remember me with good words when I finish my career.
Wasim Akram led from the front in Pakistan’s only World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand 23 years ago, finishing as the player of the tournament with 18 wickets. Irfan is hoping to reproduce the same in two week’s time.
When Irfan toured South Africa with the Pakistan team early in 2013, fans were desperate to have a photo with the tallest-ever international cricketer.
I know people notice me because of my height and I always try to oblige them by posing for a photograph. I will be ready to pose with fans in Australia and New Zealand but will remain focused on my job — to bowl my team to victories until we win the World Cup. It was big fun. I had no qualms as I am very down to earth and when people request a photo, wanting to compare their height against mine it becomes more fun for me.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq has also said that Saeed Ajmal will be missed by his team but he is confident that Irfan can provide the X-factor on the fast, bouncy tracks of Australia.
Saeed Ajmal’s absence has weakened our bowling. But I am confident that with his height Irfan can be the X-factor for us, Misbah ul Haq said