Irfan Pathan hates the idea of being another run-of-the-mill cricketer who is just happy about plying his trade day in and day out without making a mark.
"I look at my career as someone who should be able to make a mark while representing the country rather than being a cricketer who just comes, plays and goes back home. I want to use each and every opportunity that I get to win matches rather than just be another cricketer," Irfan, who has been named as a replacement for R Vinay Kumar, said.
His performance during Asia Cup in Bangladesh came in for criticism but the talented left-arm pacer is not worried.
"There is no point in getting angry with critics. There is more satisfaction if I can produce some good performances which will make them eat their own words. That's the way to do it. There has been times that my fitness issues have been criticised and I haven't complained. I tried to sort it out and come back stronger," he replied.
Asked about his own assessment, he answered, "I played 8 ODIs after my comeback and have got 13 wickets. I have scored around 100 runs in the five innings that I have batted. For someone like me, the more I play international matches, the better I will get." (IANS and PTI)