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Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan feels that he didn’t get enough support from the Indian captain, like some other lucky players, which forced to end his international career prematurely.
Irfan Pathan made his international debut in 2003, and he had the great potential to become a star cricketer of the nation. Starting his international career as a left-arm pacer with the great swing bowling skills, the left-handed batsman gradually improved his batting and became a pace-bowling all-rounder.
Though he faced many ups and downs, Irfan played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is where he scored 1105, 1544 and 172 runs respectively and also took 100, 173 and 28 wickets respectively. While he last time played a Test match in 2008, he played the last limited-overs games for India in 2012.
The role was changed: Irfan Pathan
Talking about his weak form in the late international career, Irfan pointed out his changing roles. Irfan feels that the captain should back him to adjust the new role in the Indian team.
Irfan told Sports Tak, “I feel like if an opener is asked to bat at No. 7 then there will be a difference in his number. Just take an example of Chris Gayle. He if bats at No. 7 then he will not get to bat in 3-4 matches, he will get out early on in some matches and in others, he will get a chance to bat only for 5-6 overs.
“So now it is the captain’s role to back him because you had only changed his role. So I think, I did not get the backing there. I had Man-of-the-Match in my last ODI, last T20I. People who say, I wasn’t getting the swing need to know that I was bowling first change. So the role was changed,” Irfan Pathan added.
Irfan played his last ODI on 4th August 2012 (against Sri Lanka at Pallekele) where he won the Player of the Match award for scoring 29 not out and claiming a five-wicket haul (5/61). Later, his last T20I was on 2nd October 2012 in the ICC World T20 2012 (against South Africa at Colombo, RPS), where Irfan had the bowling figures of 3-0-26-1, but he didn’t win the Player of the Match award.
Irfan added, “I remember, Wriddhiman Saha made it to the Indian team without playing cricket for a year. Rishabh Pant had hit a 200 in Saha’s absence, but still, Saha was recalled. So, some players are backed, some are not, some are fortunate and I was among the unfortunate ones.”
Irfan Pathan was a regular member during India’s victory in the inaugural ICC World T20 (2007), which was one of his biggest success in the international career. He won the Player of the Match award during the final of this tournament for scoring three not out and managing the bowling figures of 4-0-16-3.