Gautam Gambhir didn’t like to face me in match or nets: Mohammad Irfan
Mohammad Irfan (AFP Photo)

Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan has said that former India opener Gautam Gambhir was unnerved by his bowling so much so that when the two teams used to have net sessions, he would avoid facing the 7ft 1 inch tall bowler.

During the 2012 limited-overs bilateral series between the two countries, Irfan got Gambhir’s wicket four times following which the two-time world cup winning batsman played one more series before falling out of favour.

“When I played against India, they were not comfortable batting against me. Some of them told me in the 2012 series in India that they couldn’t sight my ball properly because of my height and also didn’t read my pace,” Irfan told the Samaa channel.

The 37-year-old Irfan, who has played four Tests, 60 ODIs and 20 T20Is, also claimed that Gambhir even avoided having eye contact. “He (Gambhir) didn’t like to face me in match or when both teams had nets, I always felt he avoided eye to eye contact with me. I remember I got out him four times in the 2012 limited over series and he was unnerved against me,” Irfan claimed.

Irfan further claimed that current India captain Virat Kohli had told him during that series how he was having difficulties in judging his pace. “He (Kohli) told me he thought I would be around 130-135 kph but I had increased my pace and I was bowling around 145 kph and he had problems picking me up. Once when he was batting he tried to pull a good length ball and missed. Yuvraj (Singh), who was at the other end told him in Punjabi. Don’t try to pull him, rather try to cut him. Off my third ball, he went for a pull and was caught behind. Yuvi Paji told him… now go back,” he said.