West Indies in India 2011-12 December 5, 2011

Irfan keen to take full advantage of recall

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Irfan Pathan, the India and Baroda seamer, has said he plans to take full advantage of his recall to the India side to play the final two home ODIs against West Indies, and that he is determined to give it his best as playing for the country means "everything" to him. Irfan has not played for India since 2009. He drew attention this year because of his performances in the Ranji Trophy in which he is the leading wicket-taker in the Elite division, having taken 21 wickets from three games.

"I am really happy," Irfan told ESPNcricinfo. "I am really pleased that I have been given the opportunity and I want to make sure I take full advantage of it; make sure I do my best." Irfan was with this family when he received news of his selection, and said being able to share the news with them made the moment all the more special.

"The dream to play for the country has always been there. When it is fulfilled you feel nothing gets better than this. Having all the luxuries in life - having a big car, big house - nothing comes close to this."

Irfan's last international match for India was during the 2009 World Twenty20; his last Test match was against South Africa in April 2008. He spent most of last season out with a severe back injury and has been working hard on his fitness and bowling action since, in an attempt to get back into the frame for India. He said the toughest part of his rehabilitation was not being able to simply go out there and play but his selection has vindicated all his hard work.

"It makes every second of [the rehab] worthwhile. When you look back and you work hard and you get the chance, you feel lucky, you feel blessed."

Prior to being selected, Irfan had said his current season could be even better than his breakthrough season in 2003-04. He said he is not only feeling fitter than ever, but has learned to use the old ball much better, in addition to his ability to swing the new ball. "If you are getting set batsmen out with the old ball, it is most pleasing," he said.

Having won and lost his place in the side, Irfan isn't taking anything for granted but said it was important to be himself and not try to change too much. "Be yourself. Be confident. Do what's best for you. At the end of the day, you need to go out there and perform."

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • on December 8, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    love u bhai.........dying to see u in team and performing........!!

  • praveen4honestremark on December 8, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Hoping a best performance from you Irfan. You are great all rounder. So, no fear...go and deliver your best. My wishes for you..& God Bless you.

  • on December 7, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    gd luck Irfan.. hope u get da best out of u :) :)

  • on December 7, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    I sincerly pry that irfan do justice to his talent this time around

  • hiltonrock on December 7, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Just when India was loosing the 3rd ODI against WI, I taught an Irfan Pathan would be prefect in place of Vinay Kumar, I don't know if Vinay is a son of some cricketer or has an uncle hidden somewhere, Irfan gives the team proper balance. Just like Jadeja and Ashwin do.. I think he should be going to Australia for sure.. We will need more than 7 batsmen in Australia as our top order batting is bound to fail on bouncy track...

  • on December 7, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    great come back allrounder irfan bhai after a long time, good luck, be yourself n show the best, take as many wicket as posible. Wish u will be selected 4 Aus. tour.

  • on December 7, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is back............... BEST OF LUCK!

  • Naresh28 on December 7, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    FANS its no use agueing about Irfan and Mithun. Both are lion hearted cricketers. Just like PK.Its better India has a pool of pace bowlers - adding Irfan is good. I feel BCCI should make the pool of pacers a wanted lot and treat them professionally. Look AUstralian - Cummins is now injured. Workload and rotation is needed. Zaheer and Ishant are always heavy landers just like Cummins. These bowlers should know their limittations and play to them. Nehra and Sreesanth have now joined the neglected lot.

  • maddy20 on December 7, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    One of the most prodigious swing bowlers produced by India is now back in action. WI are in for some serious action!

  • on December 7, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Certainly you are the best.Some persons will never change but with your performance show them why you are best talent india had ever produced and show them that your place can not be taken by anyone except you in both test and ODI's.Wish you all d Very best.:)

  • on December 8, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    love u bhai.........dying to see u in team and performing........!!

  • praveen4honestremark on December 8, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Hoping a best performance from you Irfan. You are great all rounder. So, no fear...go and deliver your best. My wishes for you..& God Bless you.

  • on December 7, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    gd luck Irfan.. hope u get da best out of u :) :)

  • on December 7, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    I sincerly pry that irfan do justice to his talent this time around

  • hiltonrock on December 7, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Just when India was loosing the 3rd ODI against WI, I taught an Irfan Pathan would be prefect in place of Vinay Kumar, I don't know if Vinay is a son of some cricketer or has an uncle hidden somewhere, Irfan gives the team proper balance. Just like Jadeja and Ashwin do.. I think he should be going to Australia for sure.. We will need more than 7 batsmen in Australia as our top order batting is bound to fail on bouncy track...

  • on December 7, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    great come back allrounder irfan bhai after a long time, good luck, be yourself n show the best, take as many wicket as posible. Wish u will be selected 4 Aus. tour.

  • on December 7, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is back............... BEST OF LUCK!

  • Naresh28 on December 7, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    FANS its no use agueing about Irfan and Mithun. Both are lion hearted cricketers. Just like PK.Its better India has a pool of pace bowlers - adding Irfan is good. I feel BCCI should make the pool of pacers a wanted lot and treat them professionally. Look AUstralian - Cummins is now injured. Workload and rotation is needed. Zaheer and Ishant are always heavy landers just like Cummins. These bowlers should know their limittations and play to them. Nehra and Sreesanth have now joined the neglected lot.

  • maddy20 on December 7, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    One of the most prodigious swing bowlers produced by India is now back in action. WI are in for some serious action!

  • on December 7, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Certainly you are the best.Some persons will never change but with your performance show them why you are best talent india had ever produced and show them that your place can not be taken by anyone except you in both test and ODI's.Wish you all d Very best.:)

  • 777aditya on December 7, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    Very glad for Irfan!! back when he had donned Indian colors and in tests, he had rocketed to the top of the bowling charts and was touted to be an all rounder next to only the great Kapil Dev; however, thanks to the 'manic misguidance' of guru Greg, he along with Sehwag, dada, and a few others suffered - extremely happy to see him back - he should make his selection count now - if he can cement his place, in ODIs we will have both a spinning all rounder as well as a medium pace all rounder in Jadeja and Irfan

  • on December 6, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Waiting to see one more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDODv7NwxGg

  • on December 6, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Good luck Irfan, wishing u the very best for a comeback to the national side.

  • Lodhizia2525 on December 6, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Welcome Back Irfan From A Long Time I was waiting for this.. We all Have Confidence on You.. You Are In Form.. A Very Good Opportunity To Prove Yourself.. Take The Full advantage Of this.. I Hope You will be called for Australia Tour..Best Of Luck..

  • on December 6, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Best of luck Irfan bhai hope you take as many wickets as you can and get the call for australia tour.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on December 6, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Great news the only thing that worries me is the amount of talking that is going on. My word of advice to IP, for what it's worth: mate, Sachin said you have a god given gift to swing the ball back in to the right hand batsman, great to see you back, good luck, be yourself - AND DON'T TALK TOO MUCH! ;-)

  • on December 6, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    I am a big fan of your swing bowling Irfan...and was hoping since long time that you get at least one chance to step into the big field...I wish you ALL THE BEST for this new start...!!

  • on December 6, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Yeah irfan is back i think he will however will be called for aus tour for sure.. mark my words.. all the best and prove yourself once again..

  • on December 6, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Wish you good luck, Irfan to come back and put your good performance, take full advantage of this opportunity..... All the best !!

  • on December 6, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    All the very best Irfan......

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 6, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Welcome back Irfan bhai. Good luck to you. Praying for your success.

  • indyarox on December 6, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Really happy to see him back. Very talented player lost his way. His fitness has also improved. Hopefully this time he will cement his place.

  • on December 6, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    I am very happy for Irfan Pathan!! I would dearly love to see him back in the Indian team again, and for good!! :)

  • on December 6, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    You da Man Irfan.....lets see your magic! also hope to see you play in Australia....

  • stunnerbond27 on December 6, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Great opportunity,, just right before Australia tour. Now or Never. All the best man.

  • on December 6, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Nice to see you again Welcome dear all the best

  • candyfloss on December 6, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    If Ifran can bowl like He did before It would be one of the best things that can happen to Indian cricket. Goodluck Irfan we have waited for you a long time live up to your potential now.

  • on December 6, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Guys Im an Irfan Pathan fan too. Once he has his swing working , he's deadly. But dont you think that he's shooting his mouth off too much. Let him perform on the field and win us accolades like he did in the past instead of mouthing off interviews all and sundry. Are Mithun or Vinay Kumar giving any interviews???

  • on December 6, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Welcome back irfan..Now its ur turn to prove..

  • norbe on December 6, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Best of luck !You will break all those wrong planning of the selectors . you will acheive

  • on December 6, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Thanks for recognizing the swing star! All the best Irfan!

  • on December 6, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    We does want some experience in bowling when we are playing against Australia. Why the selectors donot keep this in mind? How can the inexperienced bowlers such as Umesh yadav, Aaron, Mithun defend Australian batsmen... A genuine swing bowler such as Inrfan is useful in those conditions. Wats the use in selecting him for ODI's against West Indies

  • symsun on December 6, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Wish gud luck for Irfan to come back permanently to India XI. Make use of these 2 ODIs. Soon u will get ur ticket to Aus series, as Zaheer may return injured after 1 or 2 matches or overs.

  • CijoAntony on December 6, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Nice selection, though it took long time. Erfan we all indian cricket fans are behind you, we were waiting for your come back since years and we are glad to see convincing perfomance from your side. All the best !!

  • on December 6, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    This is the Golder Opportunity for You Irfan, just grab it............

  • CanTHeeRava on December 6, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Very very pleased for Irfan Pathan. Fantastic person and player to represent India. Come on Irfan... No pressure...just be yourself. With Love.

  • Samar_Singh on December 6, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Finally u r there ... Good luck Pathan ..

  • on December 6, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Go irfan go.. Give ur best.. We want to see ur magical swing bowling again..

  • joshmachine on December 6, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    playing 11 for last 2 ODI's

    1. Viru,2. Parthiv (dont have any other choice), 3.Kohli, 4.Gambhir (should be batting 2nd down), 5.Rohit, 6. Raina, 7. R Jadeja, 8. Ifran, 9. Ashwin, 10. Vinay kumar, 11. Mithun (diserves one more chance)

  • on December 6, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    ALL DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA BEST IRFAN!

  • on December 6, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    just see him to compare with kallis.both made after comebacks hope he does well like him.

  • on December 6, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Good luck irfan now grab ur chances . Now for the last two odis all the bowlers can bat a bit with mithun hitting those big hits and irfan coming in place of yadav and we all know ashwin has a test century

  • zuber21886 on December 6, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    now go there and give out the best what you have, the real talent, the sharp swings!!

  • on December 6, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    great that he has been selected.. would have been even better if he was in the teast team for aus tour

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    all irfan fans should pray to get a him chance to get into the final 11 of remaing 2 games..or else he will be out of the team sure....

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Grab the opportunity Irfan, and come with a bang. Form is temporary and Class is eternal. You have class Irfan, just get your basics right and there is nobody who can think of dropping you from the Indian Team. For sure Zaheer's countdown has begun, and you are a PERFECT REPLACEMENT. Hope the nation agree. Do not read any headlines of your performances Irfan, just think always that whatever you have achieved is just the beginning and there is a long raod ahead. Get set go and reach/break Wasim Akram's bowling records.

  • on December 6, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    he has to prove himself. for a very long time he is not performing well in international level. but he has ability & talent. now's it's time to show.

  • on December 6, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Finally, the king of swing is back, He is one of the best all-rounder of all time, thanks for selectors that they shown some faith in Irfan.

  • on December 6, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    If oly he plays well!Irfan Pathan should rise to the occasion & prove his might as promised.This ,obviously,is the most suitable occasion for him to play against a team which is threatening to ride over India, the World Champions now.Irfan should be able to put an end to their tremendous progress as compared to their performance in the W/C in India.Those days too the Team was so good that the veteran Vivian Richards challenged India openly saying that India wont be able to beat them & that they were ready to lift the World Cup for a record of 4 th time winners..He was right. But somehow they collapsed during the course of progress of the W/C.no one at that time would have thought theyvwould come to this level of power where even so called Tail Enders started dictating Terms to India.of Course Dhoni's absence felt by everyone more than ever before as this time.Had Dhoni remained as Captain the present crocks could certainly have been avoided. but he needed the present rest badly. MSN

  • on December 6, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    i am now waiting to see irfan in dec 8 when he will pick up wickets after wicket Go Irfan go

  • OMGitsSrikanth on December 6, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    All d very best Pathan..May u stay at top always in indian team.You deserves the place for Austrilia.My best wishes and prayer is for you.Surely u will prove the selectors wrong for not selecting u for Aus tour by your good bowling and all round perfrmance in next 2 one days for sure and will make them bound to ask u to go there by making someone injured..:)

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Welcome Again Irfan Pathan, I am Hearly Cograts you to back India Squad Forever

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IRFAN!!!U ROCKK

  • Shan_Oz on December 6, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    saqkhan...he 'was' is the key word..pace is not everything? Name one good medium pace slow..all the best bowlers throughtout history have been fast..even today's best bolwers are fast/fast medium..Steyn, Morkel, Cummins, Anderson

  • Deadly_Dude on December 6, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Somebody who has a Test match hat-trick (that too in the 1st over of a Test match, vs Pak), 2 ten-wkt hauls in Tests, Test century --- all before turning 25 is a precious talent, and needs to be shown faith and confidence ... not ot mention his strike rate in test matches is 58.8 (at par with Zak's 58 and better than that of Bhajji...

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    great... congrats irfan pathan he really a suitable player in indian ODI team. india desperately need a good fast bowling allrounder

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Irfan Pathan Can Change Things Around In On Going ODIS Vs West Indies . And If He Performance Well He Mit Get Selected In Tri - Series In Australia Later In Jan 2012 - So Good Luck Irfan Very Good --- Am Die Heart Fan Of Yours And To Watch You In Blue T-Shirt Again Am Very Happy And I Will Me Taking Leave For 2days To See Your Matches

  • Hasan522 on December 6, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    He is great talent for INDIAN team.... unfortunately out of the ind squad for long time... but its time for him to show how important his presence in the team...good fielder good swing bowler and handy batsmen...I dont see any point to not to select him in the team.... GO IRFAN we are with you!! HASAN

  • Hasan522 on December 6, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    He is great talent for INDIAN team.... unfortunately out of the ind squad for long time... but its time for him to show how important his presence in the team...good fielder good swing bowler and handy batsmen...I dont see any point to not to select him in the team.... GO IRFAN we are with you!! HASAN

  • cecil89 on December 6, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    This guy has test match statistics slightly better than Dan Vettori, who is considered one of, if not the, best no. 7's in international cricket. Deserves his place.

  • Rahul_78 on December 6, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Time to let your ball do the talking in the middle Irfan...! India desperately needs a decent bowler who can bat a bit in both tests and ODIs. All the best...!

  • on December 6, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Finally..d wait is over.. Millions of indians r happy.

    But d ques is dt if irfan performs well dn will selectrs regret dere decision of piking up mothun fr d test in australia(m sure dt dey will)

  • on December 6, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Inshallah irfan will do his best to be in team & i want him to concentrate more on bowling tht's his strength.

  • saqskhan on December 6, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    @ Rumy1...totally agree with you my dear friend, this is how our selectors do the selections..pathetic! Jaffer is one of the best opener, but he was not given enough chance to prove himself..He did very well in WI..anyways there are so many batsmen sitting on the bench and waiting for their turn..so i think Jaffer's career is over now...but Irfan he is still young and almost 7-8 years cricket is still left in him.

  • saqskhan on December 6, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    @ DUKES11....he was one of the best all-rounder..pace is not everything, what abt Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee..they were smashed all round..its not easy to play slow bowling, swing,seam and line and lenght is more important than inaccurate fast bowling. Nowadays all the slow bowlers are successful in cricket and not fast bowlers.

  • tanstell87 on December 6, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    i hate Pakistan team but i am a fan of Shahid Afridi....!

  • on December 6, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    good to see irfan pathan back in indian team..

  • Suhail98 on December 6, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    It will be difficult to swing the ball on these dead pitches but still u should grab ur chance n perform in such a way that the selectors will realise their mistake for the OZ tour.I'm also feeling fr Robin uthappa atleast he should be given a chance in ODI's.

  • on December 6, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    He should not miss this chance and grab it well to make into tri series..

  • on December 6, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Irfan. What if he becomes man of the match in next 2 games. Will he be picked for Australia . He is such a huge asset. Gotta have an all rounder in the team. Imagine with jadeja contributing with bat and ball and then irfan to follow. Hope the selectors see the comments posted by so many cricket crazy fans. We need him for the Australian series. just hoping irfan lives upto the expectations of so many of his fans. Wishing you good luck. Can't wait to see u back in action.

  • on December 6, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    He must ball in the range of 135-145 kmph to be successful at international level . This range is not super fast(Aussies has plenty of ballers in this range), so please ,no excuse this time :).All the best.

  • on December 6, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Come on irfan...waiting for ur performance in two ODI's . .do well...all the best

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    he will do it he is a great seamer

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    guys who thinks aus play 140 k bowler regularly?then y india stil nt managed to win series in aus?come on we saw what happen to top aus team when ishant bowled over 140ks..pace with bit of seam movement enough..and dont judge ths guy is nt irfan we used 2 knw..nw he bowls at 120 n dont have skils liye zak or pk..if india wana win ths series they need ishant,yadav n zak/aaron..aus wil nt gift wickets to 120k bowler other than waca..

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    Rusted should be tested before being selected for Australia!!! Bring back your aggression that was some how lost since you started playing 20/20!!

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Good Luck Dude...I hope you make the selectors regret their decision of picking a novice and give a sublime performance in those two ODIs.God Bless You...

  • abee12 on December 6, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    Batting and fielding averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St Tests 29 40 5 1105 102 31.57 2076 53.22 1 6 131 18 8 0 ODIs 107 78 18 1368 83 22.80 1761 77.68 0 5 127 33 18 0 See this figure of Irfan no one can better he is a perfect candidate of indian team

  • posybeon123 on December 6, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    @duke pk can swing a lot more than irfan Y IS AT LEAST ONE OF THE INDIAN BOWLERS INJURED?

  • RandyOZ on December 6, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    I rate irfan, I hope he does well.

  • Rahulbose on December 6, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Hope he is back in form and fully fit. If he makes it to Aussie tour it will be great for India. Australian batsmen will chew up the inexperienced 140k speedsters being talked about. You need good swing bowling and control to bowl them out.

  • Meety on December 6, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    IMO - Irfan is crucial to Indian success overseas, particularly in Oz. India need to exploit the fact they have one of the best batting line ups ever assembled & move Dhoni (no mug with the bat) to #6, & Irfan to #7. That would allow two spinners & 3 seamers.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 6, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    @Sa manchals, your ball or the ball :-)..... Irfan should have been selected and not Mithun as he is a much better bowler and an allrounder too.

  • arjitrout on December 6, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    It's the time for irfan to show again

  • on December 6, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    Irfan I have no idea how this will turn out but good luck.

  • Siddie on December 6, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    he shd hve been preffered over mithun for oz tour...:)

  • on December 5, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    good decision indian cricket selectors,, keepirfan in Australia tour...

  • on December 5, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Finally the selectors decided to give Irfan a chance. I hope the selectors do change their mind after looking at Irfans form and rethink about the Preveen Kumar's replacement.

  • woodhaven on December 5, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    i hate indian team but i am a fan of both pathan brothers, specially irfan pathan. wishing him all the best.

  • Shan_Oz on December 5, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    OMG..THE MOST OVERRATED CRICKETER IN THE WORLD...LOL @ the people wanting him back...this guy is slower than PK

  • salam-india on December 5, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Irfan..don't belive humain (selfish captain and selector)..but Belive God...you will do well.. and you must do well..not for you but the millons of indians who get smiles becuase of your selection :)

  • on December 5, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    Cant wait to see IRFAN PATHAN play..! :D

  • on December 5, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    All the best Irfan. May God bless you! Can't wait to see you in next two games.

  • neer_allrounder on December 5, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Welcome back irfan sahab, do what u do best, inswinger outswinger use the variatuon make this cricket world pay for you abadonment....good luck !!

  • on December 5, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Irfan, Let your BALL do the talk

  • on December 5, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    I Realy Hopefull Return back To the form..All The Best....

  • THINK_BEYOND on December 5, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    IRFAN, IRFAN, IRFAN, IRFAN, IRFAN.....SOOOOOOOOOO GLAD TO SEE U BCK IN TO INDIAN SQAUD...JUST DO NOT LET GO THIS OPPORTUNITY....SHOW THE WORLD THAT U CAN BE NEXT WASIM AKRAM...A GR8 ALLROUNDER....PLS PLS DO NOT LET US DOWN.

  • on December 5, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    millions of people in India have smiles on thier faces now! welcome back Irfan!

  • meonly_araf on December 5, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    You gotta prove the things[you deserved the flight to Australia] Irfan... your swing is back.... get the ball swinging in 135kms.. there will not be a single human who could stop u from getting selected when Aussies tours India... Just concentrate on your bowling quick and swinging... rest will fall in place...

  • Rumy1 on December 5, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    What if Irfan does well in 2 ODIs. Will they fly him Down under. In that case who will he replace..Mithun? This is how our selectors unfortunately work. I think we are also being hyper over Yadav / Aron hitting above140 kmph. We forget that there are atleast 20 bowlers in Australian state teams who consistently bowl over140 kmph. Aussie batsmen are used to it. 140 kmph with little variation, swing and experienc is fodder for sweet timers like Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Watson.Let's keep focus on Zaheer and Ishant to deliver. And if they can have Irfan that suffices. Another missing name Harbhajan must be put on plane to Australia on Thursday to join Ojha. Ashwin-an avg offie looks sorted out already by lesser mortals like Bravo, Simmons, Rampaul, Russel. Likes of Ponting, Watson, Hussey and Clarke would be watching. We can imagine treatment of Ashwin at their hands.Jaffer must also be drafted in as No.2 opener as Gambhir is woefully out of form since '09. Rohit must play at No.6 in Tests

  • ani_cric on December 5, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Against this W.indies team sorry its indian team( look like most of them WI players are from Indai origin) . Even the indain women team bowlers can do well. Why Irfan is making too much of scene.

  • FrankMeister on December 5, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Mate, you're gonna def. succeed. I can't see how you can get dropped ever again, until you retire!

    The Aussie tour bowler spot is YOURS!! How can anyone else take it!?!

  • FR3AKX on December 5, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    Welcome back Tiger!! We missed you.. now go out there and show what you're made of?? Make those wickets and runs talk for you n shut those selectors biased attitude. All the best!

  • Nampally on December 5, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Irfan is looking forward to playing in XI. Hopefully the bizzare selectors will not keep him on bench like the other 3 guys who have been on bench for ever, it appears.After the loss of 3rd ODI, I hope the senior guys like Sehwag & Gambhir as well as Raina are told to carry their share of responsibility.Their consistently careless stroke play is unacceptable.Unfortunately Sehwag & Gambhir are opening the innings for India in the first test Vs. Australia on Dec.26!.Are they ready - if not the alternate opener Rahane may have forgotten what it appears to play in the middle since he has grown so accustomed to the bench.The rotation of players in the squad is crucial. I feel sad for Rahul Sharma who has been on the bench for 6 matches against England + 6 matches against WI! At least release the poor guy to play in the Ranji games. So Irfan, if you are lucky enough to play, all the best to you. Don't put too much pressure on youselves. Do your best - Runs & wkts. will come. Good Luck!.

  • RajReddy16 on December 5, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Welcome back Irfan, I wish you all the Best.... I hope you will perform well and get a chance in Australia tour.....

  • g.jeevan05 on December 5, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Pathan at his best is always better for India.If we have a seamer who could Bat,then India's Batting will be deep and Benefit from it!!!

  • on December 5, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    aii the best irfan ; i am great fan of you; follow the basic of bowlling with line and leangth; it will make the place for austraila tour;keep bowling with good speed;godd selection and in a right time

  • kitten on December 5, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Very pleased for Irfan. Now go out there and perform as we all know you can do. India needs you, and I'm sure you won't disappoint. Good Luck, Irfan

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Welcome back Irfan :) You deserved this chance. All the best.

  • zico123 on December 5, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Irfan should have been picked for Australia test series not WI ODis

  • FrankMeister on December 5, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Poor guy - feel it for him. he really deserves the test spot - way before both aaron and yadav. Hope he gets his chance after 2 good performances against the Windies in the last two ODIs. Selectors could choose him who is in form, ahead of Zak (who is still returning to form).

  • PruthviNath on December 5, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    hope for d best,... wish 2 see u dominate once again n cement ur spot in d XI... one of your biggest fan alwaz hopin u to rock d opponents wit d skill u posses,, may d inswinger mak mayhem once again....al iz well bol,,,,,al d best irfan.....!

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    welcome back! we need him for austrlia aswell!!!!!!!!!!

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  • on December 5, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    welcome back! we need him for austrlia aswell!!!!!!!!!!

  • PruthviNath on December 5, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    hope for d best,... wish 2 see u dominate once again n cement ur spot in d XI... one of your biggest fan alwaz hopin u to rock d opponents wit d skill u posses,, may d inswinger mak mayhem once again....al iz well bol,,,,,al d best irfan.....!

  • FrankMeister on December 5, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Poor guy - feel it for him. he really deserves the test spot - way before both aaron and yadav. Hope he gets his chance after 2 good performances against the Windies in the last two ODIs. Selectors could choose him who is in form, ahead of Zak (who is still returning to form).

  • zico123 on December 5, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Irfan should have been picked for Australia test series not WI ODis

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Welcome back Irfan :) You deserved this chance. All the best.

  • kitten on December 5, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Very pleased for Irfan. Now go out there and perform as we all know you can do. India needs you, and I'm sure you won't disappoint. Good Luck, Irfan

  • on December 5, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    aii the best irfan ; i am great fan of you; follow the basic of bowlling with line and leangth; it will make the place for austraila tour;keep bowling with good speed;godd selection and in a right time

  • g.jeevan05 on December 5, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Pathan at his best is always better for India.If we have a seamer who could Bat,then India's Batting will be deep and Benefit from it!!!

  • RajReddy16 on December 5, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Welcome back Irfan, I wish you all the Best.... I hope you will perform well and get a chance in Australia tour.....

  • Nampally on December 5, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Irfan is looking forward to playing in XI. Hopefully the bizzare selectors will not keep him on bench like the other 3 guys who have been on bench for ever, it appears.After the loss of 3rd ODI, I hope the senior guys like Sehwag & Gambhir as well as Raina are told to carry their share of responsibility.Their consistently careless stroke play is unacceptable.Unfortunately Sehwag & Gambhir are opening the innings for India in the first test Vs. Australia on Dec.26!.Are they ready - if not the alternate opener Rahane may have forgotten what it appears to play in the middle since he has grown so accustomed to the bench.The rotation of players in the squad is crucial. I feel sad for Rahul Sharma who has been on the bench for 6 matches against England + 6 matches against WI! At least release the poor guy to play in the Ranji games. So Irfan, if you are lucky enough to play, all the best to you. Don't put too much pressure on youselves. Do your best - Runs & wkts. will come. Good Luck!.