Irfan Pathan: If Ashish Nehra can make a comeback at the age of 36, I am only 31

SANDIPAN GHOSH / 20 January 2016

Once India’s top-class speedster, Irfan Pathan is currently focusing on regaining his spot in the national squad. Irfan Pathan suffered from his fitness issue for a long time. Last time he played for India was more than 3 years ago.

At the beginning of this year, Irfan was in a furious form in the domestic circuit. In the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (India’s domestic T20 tournament), Irfan is the leading wicket-taker. He has picked up 16 wickets in the 9 matches in the tournament with a 6.85 economy rate. He is also doing well with his bat where he has scored 190 runs with the average of 47.50 and the strike rate of 154.47.

Irfan is currently regaining confidence and he is focusing on making a comeback in the Indian squad.

He told Hindustan Times, “My job is to play cricket and taking wickets is what keeps me motivated. I am happy with the way I am bowling now and I have regained my confidence. In my last match, I caught Sanju Samson in front (LBW) – this only happens if I am bowling well. I am happy that my hard work is reflecting in my performance. But I think I have still a lot to offer. If Ashish Nehra can make a comeback at the age of 36, I am only 31.”


Irfan added, I don’t want to talk about my come back. But it is everyone’s dream to play for the country. The good thing is the fact that senior players are being given a chance and we as players have to keep performing, stay fit and hope to get picked.”

Irfan talked about his current performance in the domestic cricket. He said, I am enjoying my cricket and that is something I want to keep doing. I am the highest wicket taker in Mushtaq Ali so far. My batting is also going as well. I have a strike rate of 150. So yes everything is going well for me this season. But obviously who plays first class cricket, wants to represent their country and I am no different.”

Irfan also spoke out about his bowling. He spoke out, “I have been in touch with TA Saker Sir. Bowling is not something like batting where you take a little break and come back. For a bowler, you need to consistently work on your rhythm. I have bowled 25 overs in an innings in most of the First Class matches this season.

“Normally I bowl six overs with the new ball, sometimes more. I have bowled nine or ten overs spell in the third or fourth spell too. What is satisfying is the fact that even if I am bowling at a later stage, I still have the rhythm and zip and that his helping me to get the wickets.”


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