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India’s out of favour batsman Suresh Raina has stated that everyone used to compare Irfan Pathan with the great Wasim Akram. Pathan made his Test debut against Australia at the age of 19 at Adelaide in 2003 and he was able to impress from the get-go. The left-arm pacer was known to get the ball to swing and he was ticking the right boxes in the early stages of his career.
After making his debut against Australia, Pathan was selected for the tour of Pakistan. As Pathan started to grow in confidence at the International level, he was getting the right results for himself and the team. With swing as the main weapon in his armory, Pathan was getting compared with the legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram.
Irfan Pathan had all the skills under his belt
In fact, Akram had also given Pathan some invaluable tips, which helped him more in his formative years of International career.
“Everybody used to compare you (Irfan) with Wasim Akram. The long and curly hair, almost like the brand ambassador of head and shoulders. When I came into the Indian side in 2005 you were already such a big name, very famous,” said Raina during an Instagram chat with Irfan Pathan.
On the other hand, Pathan revealed that his father was not impressed with the comments that Javed Miandad made about him. Miandad had said that bowlers like Pathan are there in every street of Pakistan.
“I remember Javed Miandad saying something like bowlers like Pathan are there in every street of Pakistan. My father, I remember, reading that news, he didn’t like it at all,” Pathan had said recalling the incident in a Star Sports Show ‘Cricket Connected’.
Meanwhile, Irfan Pathan had recently criticized the selection panel as he stated there was no kind of communication when he was dropped from the side. In fact, Suresh Raina has also spoken the same lines.
On the other hand, Irfan Pathan scalped 100 wickets in 29 Test matches whereas he snared 173 wickets in 120 ODI matches. Pathan was also the Man of the match in the 2007 World T20 final against arch-rivals Pakistan for taking three wickets for 16 runs.