All-rounder Irfan Pathan geared up for Asia Cup

Irfan Pathan played four matches for India in the CB Series Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Dhaka: Mar 12, 2012

All-rounder Irfan Pathan on Monday said that he is confident of a good show in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, ahead of India’s opening game in the four-nation tournament against Sri Lanka at Dhaka.

“I am really looking forward with the confidence that I have gained in Australia,” Irfan said.

“An Australian tour gives you the confidence because it’s always a tough tour. The conditions there are different from those we play in at home. It’s always a challenge and a confidence booster when you do well,” he was quoted as saying by Mail Today.

Irfan said, “I will make sure that I do the same things in the Asia Cup that I have been doing – the hard work and thinking about the process rather than anything else.”

Irfan had mixed success in the triangular CB Series tournament in Australia, taking six wickets in four matches and contributing with the bat as well.

But the Baroda all-rounder said he is not going to rest on the laurels.

“In cricket, whatever you have done in the past is done and dusted. You don’t have to look too far back, because if you do that, those things hardly matter. Those are the years gone by,” he said.

“What has recently happened matters. And for me what matters is that right now is that I am feeling good. Of course, memories will always be there. It’s better to live in the present as a professional sportsman. And, yes, my confidence is good right now, thanks to the Almighty.

“If you keep doing your thing, no matter what the venue is, you will do well. It is different from the Australian pitches, but the key is to make sure that you adjust to the conditions quickly enough,” he concluded.