Playing in longer format of the game will be tough: Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan is set to play for Team Baroda in the upcoming Ranji Trophy game against Tamil Nadu at Chennai on Thursday © Getty Images

 

By CricketCountry Staff

 

Rajkot: Nov 1, 2011

 

Out-of-favour Irfan Pathan revealed that making a comeback to the longer version of the game will be tough after playing in the Twenty20 tournament for his local side, Baroda.

 

The 27-year-old is eyeing a comeback to the national team for India’s tour of Australia later this year.

 

“To be honest, it might take me one or two matches to get back to the longer format. My intention is to keep practicing and spend lesser time in the gym. There’s been only one session so far,” said Pathan.

 

“I’ll be playing first-class cricket after close to two years. I’m certainly a little nervous. It takes time to make that transition from T20 and one-day to four-day cricket. But, the main thing is to feel the rhythm. As that improves, I’ll be able to bowl longer spells,” he added.

 

Pathan is set to play for Team Baroda in the upcoming Ranji Trophy game against Tamil Nadu at Chennai on Thursday.