India all-rounder Irfan Pathan is going through a tough time right now. With his chances of making a comeback into the Indian team looking bleak, the out of favour player received another setback when he went unsold in the IPL 2017 player auction.
With a base price of Rs 50 lakhs, the Baroda star would have been a prized asset for any team in the shortest format of the game but surprisingly no one made a bid for him. What is even more surprising about that unexpected snub is the fact that it came after his brilliant performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The 32-year-old picked up five wickets in four games at an impressive economy rate of 6.28.
But Irfan is undeterred by all setbacks and is keen to give his best on the field. The all-rounder, who has not played for India since August 2012, has led Baroda to the quarterfinals of this year’s Vijay Hazare Trophy. His performance in the 50-over tournament has been impressive too – 7 wickets in six matches at an average of 31.14 at a brilliant economy rate of 4.54. What is even more satisfying is the way he has bowled. The left-arm pacer, who burst onto the international stage as one of the finest swing-bowling prodigies since the legendary Kapil Dev, is displaying a similar form.
Irfan Pathan posted a video of his bowling performance on his Facebook page and one can easily say he is returning to his devastating best. His out-swingers against the left-handed batsmen are as lethal as his in-swingers to the right-handers.
Here is the video posted by him on his Facebook page: