Irfan Pathan: Turning a new leaf

Irfan Pathan feels he is now a better bowler compared to what he was eight years ago © AFP


By CricketCountry Staff


Chennai: Dec 11, 2011


Irfan Pathan, after spending time in wilderness showed he still has cricket left in him with an inspiring comeback to top level cricket with a wicket on the very first ball. The left-arm pacer struck twice to give India an early advantage against West Indies in the fifth ODI in Chennai on Sunday.


Irfan beagn his revival with 21 wickets in four Ranji Trophy matches. So what has been the major factor in the redemption.


“I realised that the first half of the Ranji season were going to be important, which is why I played a lot of matches before the start of the season. I started with a couple of matches in Baroda with my local club team, and then played the Atray tournament, the Syed Mushtaq Ali West Zone T20 tournament in Rajkot and the Challenger Trophy,” he said speaking to Yahoo.


“On wickets where teams were scoring close to 180-190, I was bowling very economically, say 4 overs for 29 with a wicket a piece in each of the matches. Bowling on those wickets did a lot of good to me in terms of easing into the season.”


Irfan admits he is now a better bowler with much more maturity from what he was eight year ago.


“I think I am a more mature bowler, much wiser, in terms of handling myself, handling my emotions, in terms of everything. Maturity level wise, I am much better than before, the only thing I need to do right now is go there and keep performing better than what I’ve been doing.”