IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions Sign Irfan Pathan As Dwayne Bravo’s Replacement
Gujarat Lions have roped in discarded Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan as a replacement of injured Dwayne Bravo for the remainder of the tournament after it was confirmed that the West Indies all-rounder has been ruled out.
Pathan, a veteran of 120 ODIs and 29 Tests surprisingly went unsold in the IPL auction held in the month of February. He was himself disappointed with the snub and sent out an emotional message for his fans.
Though he continued his good performance in domestic cricket and led Baroda to the semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well.
Pathan has previously shared a dressing room with both GL’s skipper Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo playing for the Chennai Super Kings. Both Raina and Bravo were picked by Gujarat Lions in the IPL draft after CSK was banned whereas Pathan was purchased by Rising Pine Supergiant for his base price of 1 Crore in 2016 IPL auction.
Once a regular member of the Indian team, Pathan was not given enough chances as he played only four games in the last season. He was later released by the franchise and found no buyers in this year’s auction.
This time though he might get regular chances as the team has badly missed services on an all-rounder like Dwayne Bravo this season and Pathan surely has the capability to replace someone Bravo.
The table toppers of last year’s IPL are currently placed at second last position in the points table with just two wins in seven games they have played. They have to win almost each and every game now in order to keep their hopes of qualifying for the next round alive.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 24, 2017
Irfan Pathan deleted his tweet but we have the screenshot for you:
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