India news December 4, 2011

Irfan says he can better debut season for India

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Irfan Pathan has said he is fit and fresh, and in line to better his performance in his debut season for India - 2003-04 - after emerging as the leading wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy's Elite group so far, with 21 wickets. It's a timely return to form with the selectors due to name Praveen Kumar's replacement for the tour of Australia on Monday.

"I feel I am one step ahead of what I wanted to be in terms of the way I am bowling," he told ESPNcricinfo.

He did not want to talk about selection but reasserted his goal. "My dream is still to play for my country, play for that jersey, play for the pride. I would do anything. I would go and bowl 100 overs if need be; I would keep performing to fulfil my goal."

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 even his IPL stock was plummeting as his bowling lost its prodigious swing.

"The whole experience was enlightening," Irfan said about his recovery from the back injury. "When you are fit you do not concentrate on yourself, you concentrate on the batsman - how to set him up, how to lure him into your trap. At least you try; it might work at times and it might not at other times. When you are not fit, when your action is not within your control; that is when the trouble starts."

The trouble, though, seems to be in the past. This Ranji season Irfan has had three five-wicket hauls - the first two, against Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, came in the second innings, but last week he overwhelmed Delhi in the first innings with both the new and old balls to pick up a seven-wicket haul.

"At the moment the way the ball is leaving my hand is nearly the way I want it to leave," Irfan said. "It is a very good sign. At the same time I have been quite lucky and quite blessed to perform well for Baroda so far. If things progress in the same fashion I really think this season is going to be even better than the 2003-04 one." He had announced himself during India's tour of Pakistan in March-April 2004 during which he took 12 wickets in the three Tests.

In the past Irfan had said he regretted being the first-change bowler for India, as bowling with the old ball did not help him get as much swing as would have liked. Now, though, he says he has learned how to use the old ball much better. "The new ball has been wonderful, but I have a very good feel of the old ball and that is a positive sign for me. If you are getting set batsmen out with the old ball, it is most pleasing."

Irfan said the guidance of fast-bowling coach TA Sekar, who worked on Irfan's bowling action after the 2011 IPL, has played a big role in him re-building his confidence. "He worked hard with me for a couple of months post the IPL with the idea that by the time the domestic season arrived my [tweaked] action would be second nature."

Sekar had helped Irfan in 2007 when Irfan had a disastrous year: he was sent back to India midway through the South Africa tour. He lost his confidence then but Sekar worked hard with Irfan to make sure he would not fall apart.

This time the pair worked closely again with Irfan sending Sekar his match videos. Sekar even travelled to Rajkot to watch Irfan during the Syed Mushtaq Ali domestic Twenty20 tournament. "Primarily, he changed my whole body alignment going towards the target," Irfan said. "In the past I was bowling with a mixed action but we corrected that. That has actually made my line much tighter, it has helped me keep my wrists straight and importantly allowed me to bowl where I want to bowl."

Irfan played the JP Atray tournament, the Challenger Trophy and the Syed-Mushtaq Ali Trophy to refine his action. "I knew by the time the Ranji Trophy comes I should be on top of my game, I should be match fit and I should be bowling the way I want to bowl. It was a process of two months but by the first match of the Ranji season I was on top of my game."

Irfan said he is spending less time in the gym than in previous years but "more and more" time on the ground.

One of the reasons Irfan had been dropped from the India setup was that he had lost a few yards of pace. He said he is bowling at good speeds now but does not bother about what the speedometer's readings say. "It is very important for me to have that zip off the pitch with which I can get a batsman lbw. When I lost out on a lot of things, when my action went wrong, people started talking about my pace, my wrist position, my swing. A lot of things were not going towards the target. But after the IPL if you look at my dismissals I have got them bowled, lbw, caught-behind or caught in the slips. That is a sign that I am getting the right zip from the pitch and I am bowling at the correct speeds.

"I need to stop looking at the speedometer. If I can concentrate on dismissing batsmen by swinging it late, or making them play and miss, keeping them troubled with my lengths, then speed can take care of itself."

He said a good example of the way he should bowl was his performance on the first day of the match against Haryana, when he took just one wicket but kept the batsmen guessing. "I was beating the bat and I was very happy with my bowling."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo; Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • candyfloss on December 6, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    @Meety I disagree with you. I am an Indian fan and would like to see Umesh Yadav too in the line up, he is a promising prospect and can bang it in and extract bounce from what I have seen in the ODI's and Ranji.Bounce at 140+ is surely handy and leaving him out would be a mistake.Beisdes Praveen is injured so his chances of playing are nil.

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Ifran and Ishant had performed in Australia and if they are fit should open the bowling. Ifran is younger than Zaheer zaheer should not have gone to england with an injury.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Dear Irfan, I am a huge fan of your cricketing capabilities. I believe, and this is heresy to many, you are the best fast bowling all-rounder India has produced - ever. I was confounded when you lost that brilliant inswinger and alarmed when the speedometer dipped below 125Ks. I am thrilled you are back in the reckoning. IMO, for India to do well outside the subcontinent, we require you for team balance in all three formats - hope your batting focus does not waver. Best wishes. Murali

  • stark-truth on December 5, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    It seems a desperate attempt to create an expectation bubble which will lead to his selection for the Aussie tour. It seems nigh impossible to capture the same venom and bite of bowling that Irfan had seven years ago. He cannot possibly be bowling anymore at 140 kph with exaggerated swing.....so I won't hold my breath for a sensational comeback crystallizing.

  • AKG0479 on December 5, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    29 Tests 100 Wkts.. 100 ODI's 154 Wickets.. Irfan Pathan surely is a talent.. but wasted efficiently by lot of factors.. India saw a Wasim Akram in him.. at least I saw.. BCCI owes to give this chap one more chance.. or may be two.. !

  • nofx on December 5, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Awesome :-):-):-) so many fans waiting for your trademark In swing.....!!! I still cannot forget his Hatrick against Pakistan.....I always use to think, how a bowler like that capability of swing bowling, lose his form, the selectors got to give him a chance... Irfan we all are with you... All the best :-)

  • PradeepR on December 5, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Ishant has been a liability after his test series in Australia. Even Umesh bowled better than Ishant in his recent debut series when Ishant was the senior most bowler on the Indian side.

  • harikeshan on December 5, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Its a welcome relief to see a postive and more mature Irfan emerge just by looking at his recent performances. People are too quick to judge a cricketer and made unfair comparisons of him being the next Kapil or Wasim in terms of an allrounder, adding undue pressure. People should have allowed him to go out there and enjoy the game. Then again being in the wilderness does do wonders to cricketers, just like it did to Langer, Hayden, Sehwag etc. They come back hungry knowing that their next game could be their last. Best wishes Irfan and wish you all the success.

  • on December 5, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Pathan has been out of the international arena since a long time now... and if he makes a comeback then he has to make the most of it.. he has to cement his spot straight away in the Indian Test side aswell as the ODI'S and T20's.... all d best Pathan.!! Hope to see u soon in the Indian Jersey :)

  • Naresh28 on December 5, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    @RandyOZ - it is no good to just write off this Indian team or any cricket team that is in the top 4. You will learn a lesson for being so naive. I hope Irfan gets into the Indian team - Zaheer, Sharma, Yadav, and Irfan will form the pace attack. Just use check out the player page on Irfan - he has taken 900 odd wickets in all formats of the game. He has a big fan base.

  • candyfloss on December 6, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    @Meety I disagree with you. I am an Indian fan and would like to see Umesh Yadav too in the line up, he is a promising prospect and can bang it in and extract bounce from what I have seen in the ODI's and Ranji.Bounce at 140+ is surely handy and leaving him out would be a mistake.Beisdes Praveen is injured so his chances of playing are nil.

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Ifran and Ishant had performed in Australia and if they are fit should open the bowling. Ifran is younger than Zaheer zaheer should not have gone to england with an injury.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Dear Irfan, I am a huge fan of your cricketing capabilities. I believe, and this is heresy to many, you are the best fast bowling all-rounder India has produced - ever. I was confounded when you lost that brilliant inswinger and alarmed when the speedometer dipped below 125Ks. I am thrilled you are back in the reckoning. IMO, for India to do well outside the subcontinent, we require you for team balance in all three formats - hope your batting focus does not waver. Best wishes. Murali

  • stark-truth on December 5, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    It seems a desperate attempt to create an expectation bubble which will lead to his selection for the Aussie tour. It seems nigh impossible to capture the same venom and bite of bowling that Irfan had seven years ago. He cannot possibly be bowling anymore at 140 kph with exaggerated swing.....so I won't hold my breath for a sensational comeback crystallizing.

  • AKG0479 on December 5, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    29 Tests 100 Wkts.. 100 ODI's 154 Wickets.. Irfan Pathan surely is a talent.. but wasted efficiently by lot of factors.. India saw a Wasim Akram in him.. at least I saw.. BCCI owes to give this chap one more chance.. or may be two.. !

  • nofx on December 5, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Awesome :-):-):-) so many fans waiting for your trademark In swing.....!!! I still cannot forget his Hatrick against Pakistan.....I always use to think, how a bowler like that capability of swing bowling, lose his form, the selectors got to give him a chance... Irfan we all are with you... All the best :-)

  • PradeepR on December 5, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Ishant has been a liability after his test series in Australia. Even Umesh bowled better than Ishant in his recent debut series when Ishant was the senior most bowler on the Indian side.

  • harikeshan on December 5, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Its a welcome relief to see a postive and more mature Irfan emerge just by looking at his recent performances. People are too quick to judge a cricketer and made unfair comparisons of him being the next Kapil or Wasim in terms of an allrounder, adding undue pressure. People should have allowed him to go out there and enjoy the game. Then again being in the wilderness does do wonders to cricketers, just like it did to Langer, Hayden, Sehwag etc. They come back hungry knowing that their next game could be their last. Best wishes Irfan and wish you all the success.

  • on December 5, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Pathan has been out of the international arena since a long time now... and if he makes a comeback then he has to make the most of it.. he has to cement his spot straight away in the Indian Test side aswell as the ODI'S and T20's.... all d best Pathan.!! Hope to see u soon in the Indian Jersey :)

  • Naresh28 on December 5, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    @RandyOZ - it is no good to just write off this Indian team or any cricket team that is in the top 4. You will learn a lesson for being so naive. I hope Irfan gets into the Indian team - Zaheer, Sharma, Yadav, and Irfan will form the pace attack. Just use check out the player page on Irfan - he has taken 900 odd wickets in all formats of the game. He has a big fan base.

  • on December 5, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    he is one of the best allrounder around the world.after kapil dev india got the good allrounder in the team.selectors' pleace give him a chance to prove his talent(already he got the talent) don't think so much to pik irfan&pleace don't select vinay kumar

  • NikhilNair on December 5, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    RandyOZ... believing that one can win is confidence, but believing that others can never win is arrogance. And soon you'll know which will prevail. I hope the young Indian lads will teach you a lesson :)

  • on December 5, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    he should be given chance

  • on December 5, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    i hope you come back with a bang prove to your fans that you are the worthy all-rounder India needs...........best of luck my wishes are with you..!!!!!!!!!

  • ashwajith on December 5, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    i think if irfan is selected in the australian tour he is going to make that chance count..his regained ability to swing the ball away from the right handers is going to make life difficult for the aussies... and his pinch hitting down the order along with the fluent ashwin is going to be a thorn in the flesh for the aussies.. wish u the best luck pathan.....

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    @ RandyOz - Same thing was said about poms. We see what happened. Oz have not won a mtch against India in more than 4 years while we have brownwashed them 2-0 two times.

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    I wonder if Irfan can save India's due 0-4 defeat in upcoming Australian tour, I don't know why India play away from Home.

  • ashwajith on December 5, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    21 wickets whoa............. pathan seems to be the right replacement for pk as he has his swing and zip back.. moreover he is more a handy batsman than pk at the lower order

  • RandyOZ on December 5, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Doesn't really matter who the Indians bring, they have NEVER won a series here and things won't change this series.

  • PruthviNath on December 5, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Irfan is one of d bst swing bowlers in d world, given his form he can be d successor to wasim akram, who he was compared to at d start of his career. he posses a fantastic inswinger wit high level of accuracy, cutters, outswinger, terrific yorker, n d variation in pace, a useful batsman as well.....wat more do u need for a spot in d XI

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Irfan need to concentrate more on cricket and avoid fanfare and parties as he was involved which led to his downfall. Be strong on your commitment and always try to be real in your approach. Getting drop from the team and getting selected is part and parcel of life. No matter what keep your confidence and performance always up. For sure Irfan you will succeed. Best of Luck. Bring the Baroda Bomber in to hit Aussies...

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    In present form Irfan is a better batsman than Suresh Raina and a better bowler than Vinay/Mithun...........He deserves a chance.......

  • Nisark on December 5, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Irfan is first choice in replacement of praveen kumar, he is very good cricketer as well as good batsman. He got his form and he is very helpful for indian team.

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Best of luck Irfan..waiting for your come back!

  • muski on December 5, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Irfan and Ashwin may well be the long awaited sting in our long batting tail. After all the glitz and glamour of his previous avatar, hope Irfan's head is back on his shoulders. Indian cricket would do well if Irfan is on the plane to Aus and does well there. Its funny to see some guys blaming commentators for the pressure. If an international cricketer cannot handle pressure, let him take sanyas and have doklas at his Baroda home.

  • ramli on December 5, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Irfan .. in the present form, is better than other aspirants for the lone test vacancy .. good luck

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Irfan has found his touch and class back again, its perfect time to give him a world of confidence by selecting him for the Aussie Tour. Moreover if people are talking on his speed, than its just baseless no matter how fast a bowler use to bowl but his standard speed will be 135 always, and what is most important is keeping the LINE & LENGTH. Pace can be varied. My fingers are cross and VERY EAGER TO HEAR THE NEWS ON HIS INCLUSION FOR THE AUSSIE TOUR.

  • ARIF3011 on December 5, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Irfan was not performing well for many reasons. one of these was the pressure on him that was build up by our worthy commentators from Mumbai - Ravi, Sunil and Sanjay, for the reason best known to them. The pressure of "not bowling fast" or bowling at "military pace" - meaning very slow. For them, to be effctive one has to be genuine fast. And the boy started using all what could make him fast. And, in the process he got himself hurt. All cricket fans know - India's win in 1983 world cup was mainly due to the bowling of Madan Lal, Amarnath, Binny and Sandhu. And in current WI series Darren Sammy has proved that he is most effective among all. So, pace is not a "Must have" ingredient for any bowler to succeed. My Dear irfan, do best what you are capable of doing. Do not listen and try doing things that you are not designed to do. There are several medium pacers in the history who were as successful as anyone can be. All the best to you.

  • Percy_Fender on December 5, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    I find all this clamour for speed from a good swing bowler like Irfan quite amusing. Alec Bedser bowled at a time when there were no speedguns. Now he was mostly medium paced but still was a match winner in England and to a lesser extent in Australia. The essence of his craft was in swing and not speed. In more recent times, Magrath and Shaun Pollock bowled mostly in the late 20s even if Pollock was a fast bowler when he started. Both of them were true match winners. We too have had Madan Lal,Surendranath and Roger Binny who were between slow medium to medium pace. All of them were very successful at the international level. Praveen has been brilliant in his short stay at the international level. He is a medium paced swing bowler. Irfan Pathan, if he has got back his swing can be the match winning all rounder that India have missed for a long long time. He is a good batsman and fielder. I wish the selectors select Irfan because he has been to Australia before.

  • on December 5, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Pace above 140 is not a mandatory requirement .. It is a bonus like .. thts it :) Great Bowlers like Akram, Mcgrath bowled only below 140 kph .. but they were the gr8 bowlers in their period than Akthar and Brett Lee ( their fellow pace bowlers who clocked consistently above 150 kph)

  • on December 5, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Dying to see IRFAN in tri color jersy

  • on December 5, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    if he doesn't get his way back to team this time, i think there no one in india to be given a chance ahead of this alrounder

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    irfan pathan is best .. n he we be back in the team soon

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    it was right to choose irfan for praveen kumar.... he was the man of the match in perth test in 2007-08 tour of australia...... he was the right contender for pk's replacement...... he can bat well..... he was a floater.... all the best irfan .... waiting to see u in indian jersey......

  • BoonBoom on December 5, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    irfan is a high quality player. I would rate irfan a better all rounder than Kapil Dev. The problem is he was never given consistent place in the team. He must be an automatic selection for India. All the best to irfan.

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    its irfan who must be replacement for praveen kumar..... irfan was the man of the match in 2007-08 for the winning of perth test in australia...... he must be the right contender for praveen's replacement... although he can bat well..... he is a nice floater......

  • Riderstorm on December 5, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    I was hoping that he is chosen to replace Praveen Kumar. I have nothing against Vinay Kumar, who is bowling with a fine control but, being a big fan of Irfan Pathan would love to see him in Indian colors and what better stage than against Australia. The yorker he bowled to gilchrist will always always stay fresh in my mind. It was just brilliant piece of bowling.

  • Empty-Sequence on December 5, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    It will be a fascination battle to watch irfan (119km) bowling against the likes of cummins, pattison and siddle all bowling at 145-150 k/h. Irfan tearing thru the oz top order bowling at a ripping pace of of low 120's and oz pop gun attack bowling around 150 k's hit all round the park by our batsmen. :)

  • on December 5, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Just pick him!! I tell u why - the next world cup is in Australia and New Zealand, not in the sub-continent; we need Irfan instead of Yusuf or Jadeja. By picking him and if he is in form - boy our team will surely lift the world cup. GUARANTEE!! Looking forward for his banana swing....

  • Viky_Robin on December 5, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    I had watched some parts of two Ranji matches in Neo.In both the matches Irfan bowled well.I could see his swing back.Common man rockkkkkkkkkkkk.All the Best.

  • Empty-Sequence on December 5, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Irfan just keep on dreaming mate. we already ahve 2 slow bowlers in our TEST team and do not one another who in the ranji matches against delhi and haryana bowled at an av speed of 119km/hr.U even failed to touch 130 k's. In australia only new kookaburra ball will swing and once the ball gets old and sun beats down there will be no assistance for u and that pace will help u no good.

  • partha132 on December 5, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    I miss irfan and his late inswingers. Jst imagine irfan,zak,yadav/aaron and ashwin. What a bowling team......

  • on December 5, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    He is in his prime form nw..m so eager to see him playin for our indian team again..wish u all the very best irfan..

  • on December 5, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    He Is a great Player.He can swing the ball very well. After Zaheer khan,its Pathan who can really swing the ball.Though irfan pace is not above 140kps.His swing bowling wil really play worth of it.Irfan is a perfect replace for Praveen kumar for Ausies tour. But the lads ZAHEER,ISHANTH,UMESH YADAV are more likely to play for entire 4tests. A great tru-series ahead. i.e India,austrilla,Srilanka.. IRFAN should get a chance to prove imself again..

  • on December 5, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    He should come back. If he bowls well, then he will be the 1 of the best all-rounder in world cricket because he is a very handy batsman and can bat at any position...Eager to c him in tri-colors.

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Can we pleased have some videos of Irfan in the current Ranji season? We all know that statistics sometimes do not reveal the whole story. And we also know that these "feel-good" articles can be "planted". Lets see with our own eyes the evidence that Irfan is ready again, and then get hyper about it. And by God, if he is ready, then that is the best thing that could happen to Indian cricket for a very long time!!

  • DaisonGarvasis on December 5, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Just get him in the playing 11 and get benefitted by the wickets he take!!! If we can select Praveen Kumar, we can select Irfan any day!!!

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    IRFAN must play in last 2 ODI's in place of UMESH,rest sehwag and kohli after 3rd ODI win,Raina should lead the side for last 2ODI's.IRFAN gives them a flexibility of extra batsman,HE was man of the match in PERTH test of 2008,how can we drop him,we dont have BHAJJI who batted well in SYDNEY and ADELAIDE test last time along with KUMBLE,so IND needs IRFAN along with ASHWIN down the order,to take them out of trouble,he gave IND break thru when AUS were chasing 414 at perth test 2008.He is a player who has a test 100 and sitting out IND tema for BOXING day test should be SEHWAG,GAUTI,DRAVID,SACHIN,LAXMAN,IRFAN,DHONI,ASHWIN,ISHANT,UMESH,Zaheer if fit or VARUN,IDEAL X1 for the test,as sehwag and sachin can be used as bowlers,VARUN is proving too expensive in IND conditions as compared to UMESH who is improving now as earlier he was expensive in ENG ODI's,UMESH also cleaned up W.I. tail in 2nd test,INDIAN tailenders should BAT well against AUS as they would be coming to rescue there..

  • KiwiRocker- on December 5, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Zahid Saltin- I am reading your comments and you do not make much sense mate! Irfan Pathan bowls a gentle medium pace of 120 KMPH like most Indian bowlers and has been tried, tested and failed. Muhammad Asif's example is flawed. He had a unique grip and different action. So is the case with McGrath. Please do some analysis before dropping irrelevnt comments. India will be better served to pick up a new bowler. Indian bowling at current form is a joke. They got a Spinner Ashwin who has taken few wickets in friendly conditions against a lowly ranked W.Indies and he is being touted as Saeed Ajmal. Same was the case with Irfan Pathan. He was/is an average bowler and he was being potrayed as Wasim Akram and it got to him and he ended up on receving end of Shahid afridi numerous times. Pathan lost his confidence. It does not matter who India pick and chose...A massive white wash is looming for them bit like trip to England. Mind you Australia is not even in Top three that are Eng,SA and Pak!

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    All the best.. Hoping to see Irfan back in team..

  • fearless69 on December 5, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Selectors have been harsh at him.. Especially rajeev shukla.. Heard him on TV yesterday conveying msg to people that "not get excited with irfan as replacement for praveen.. A bowler who cant bowl 135 kms will be ignored.. We want pace" Come on Mr.Shukla.. Praveen is a swing bowler and he too cant bowl 135 kms.. Still he is a wicket taking bowler.. What matters is wickets..Irfan is waiting for return, he proved his form.. This is the best time for him to comeback & shut the critics.. We miss you irfan.. All the very best..

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    As always we have seen when Irfan gets his swing then He is the best in business from Indian side..............and Ranji trophy exposing that he is back in his form and importantly with better understanding of swing with old ball also............which makes him a more difficult customer...........parallely a good bats men at 8th spot healthy for australian tour..............So it would be the right time to get back him and offer him to perform at his best............BEST OF LUCK IRFAN PATHAN

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    Hope he gets that swing of his back, better than when he started his career. But his dialogue about remodeling his action has been repeated for the nth time... Y do you want to give reasons for not doing well. Simply Accept it...

  • on December 5, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    All the best to you Irfan.Would love to see u in Indian team jersey. ...........

  • on December 5, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    I would pick him for the Australian tour based on his current bowling form. He is also a very accomplished batsman which can come in handy during crunch time. Rooting for Irfan to make a strong comeback.

  • iammadhu on December 5, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    the selection committee should ask him to play the ODI against WI.. if irfan is in form, indian team will look awesome due to his batting skills

  • venutt on December 5, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Good to see that Irfan is confident again. All the best to IK and wish him luck to get PK's spot for Australia.

  • SASANK360 on December 5, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should be in the playing XI in Australia.I don't think we need any spinner in Aus.We can do better when we go with 4 pacemen(Zak,Ishant,Umesh and Irfan). Let Rohit/Virat bat at no.6(4th wicket) until they get used to it.Also there is no need to worry about the no.6 postion for India as Irfan's presence in the playing XI adds batting depth. I wish all the good luck must be with Irfan and he must make it to the playing XI.

  • ultimatewarrior on December 5, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    pls see why India had not won more matches and where does Irfan stands http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?bowling_pacespin=1;class=1;filter=advanced;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5;opposition=7;opposition=8;orderby=bowling_average;qualmin1=30;qualval1=wickets;spanmin2=01+jan+1985;spanval2=span;team=6;template=results;type=bowling

  • on December 5, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Glen megrath also bowling around 135, see the top wicket taker in the world they r also bowling abt 135

  • Meety on December 5, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin - on the whole I agree. I always thought that with India's batting line up, they should of persisted with Irfan as an allrounder. India will be tempted to bowl 3 pacers, but there strength is spinners. With Dhoni @ #6, Pathan @#7, India can select 2 spinners, since Ashwin has a century to his name - they will have decent depth in their line up. I'm an Ozzy, but IMO the Indian line up should be (assuming no injuries), 1. Sehwag, 2. Gambhir, 3. Dravis, 4. SRT, 5. Laxman, 6. Dhoni, 7. Pathan, 8. Ashwin, 9. Ojha, 10. Zaheer, 11. Praveen, 12th Kohli. If Zaheer & Praveen are out, Ishant & one of the young guns in.

  • lalli76 on December 5, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    we need you back irfan !! you are the best!!! still remember you r hat trick against pakistan!!!

  • on December 5, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    please come in the team,our team has been stable with jadeja at 7,we need you along with 2 guys like aaron and umesh for the future,vinay,mithun are at most club stanadard,ishant is inconsistent and zaheer 's fitness is almost dead....we need u iffy!

  • on December 5, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    We need Irfan for all round ability with bat and ball in australia

  • playitstraight on December 5, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Irfan definitely needs to go to Australia regardless of Zaheer Khan because Zaheer has not been so reliable with his fitness and could break down any time. Irfan can definitely bat too, and if he can get good swing on the nice Aussie pitches, then he can definitely take wickets. But if he loses his patience and his line and length, then he will lose his spot to Rohit or Kohli.

  • on December 5, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    they have to go with him...all the other bowlers under condensation have not played much against top test teams..Irfan should be picked but you know how the BCCI does things

  • shrimati_bradman on December 5, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Credit to someone like TA Sekar who is taking care of Irfan's technical as well as psychological mentoring needs.

  • Masud_BITK on December 5, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    Irfan is a kind of player like Shane Watson for Australia. He can be of top order batter and top order bowler. India needs to utilise him appropriately. Just make sure that you are not placing him a lot of pressure to strike on his first ball. I better rank Irfan better than Shane with respect to Indian team. Australia may not require Shane's bowling service but Irfan surely does for India. He is a fine batter for all kinds of game.

  • rohanblue on December 5, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    plz plz plz come back in the indian team, cnt wait 2 see u in indian colour again, u r my favourite player, u rock Irfan

  • KirGop on December 5, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Irfan has a lot of fans. Wishing him the best. Its good batting that done him in, in a strange twist. He can bat as long as his bowling is better than his bowling.

    You should trust a man who's been in the trenches aching to get in the limelight.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on December 5, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    he must remember his role should he gets selected. we need him as a BOWLER and not an "ALL-ROUNDER". come back and bowl those bananas you used to when at your peak!

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    Best left arm bowler after ZAK. fully deserves to go to AUS!!!

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    I think Irfan needs to be given a chance ahead of Mithun and Vinay. He made a memorable debut for India in the longer version of the game but has faded away a couple of years back. It is the right time for his to announce his comeback to the international schema as, he is currently performing at his best in the Ranji matches. Being a left armer he should be preferred to aid Zaheer in Australia. He also adds depth to the Indian batting order which makes him the ideal person. He also has the experience of touring Australia before which might come in handy.

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Comback man.....we all are waiting for u...Missed u a lot...

  • on December 4, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    Irfan tried to make bigger muscle that's why he lost his action and pace. making a big muscle kills swing n pace, u need free muscle to bowl fast, i m sorry irfan but it was your fault, i cant involve any coach if a bowler had made his name in cricket world.

  • Unmesh_cric on December 4, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    If Irfan has really got his rhythm back, it would be great to have him for the Australia tour. The way I see it, the current Australian batsmen struggle against the swinging ball...so in the absence of Praveen, Irfan would be a good replacement.

  • Vilander on December 4, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Irfan DEVELOP A FASTER ONE thats all, come in hard and bowl a fast full one hopefully not a four ball.. with the faster one around 140 suddenly all the doubting thomas' would want you back in team, albeit do your usual thing and get wickets.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 4, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Here is a word from land of fast bowlers, Pakistan. And I captained my uni in my days..It really doesn't make a big difference if some one is bowling 132-135 or just 125-128. For Australians anything under 145 counts for something only if its kept in line, bowled in good areas and gets a zip and swings on both sides. Mohammad Asif was a megician bowling mostly at 125 but never bowled short or wide. He kept it at 4th stump on off while pitching at good. Same was was Sarfraz Nawaz. Forget everything about pace if you don't have it with other neccessary attributes. Parveen was your best bowler in England and for Australia you need some one like him. In present scanrio Irfan, if back with his swing, would be the best man to replace Parveen. I can put all my money on that he will perform better than Ishant. Then india needs a bowling allrounder if it starts going as it went in England.

  • on December 4, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    Please pick Irfan, he is the right replacement for Zaheer.

  • on December 4, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    we need him back! he's just a great player and now that he's in the best form, we can't ignore him! he needs to back in the team!

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Dying to see Irfan back in action....

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    i would give chance to new comer not irfan pathan. he used to be and his time is gone. India need young blood for next world cup and how long irfan pathan can play.

    india is world,s largest population on the globe and i dont know why they cant find pace man. why always have to relay on zaheer khan and company.

    its all politics in indian cricket. say good bye to sachin, laxman, dravid company and give chance to new ones.

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    I still keep searching for the yorker which dismissed gilly way back in 03-04 series.. but no luck.. he cud've been a legend by now if a certain coach hadn't messed him up.. whenever there is a ranji match or a challengers trophy match in which Irfan is playing i really want to see him do well.. maybe now he might his his chance again. Irfan is on any day better than sreesant who keeps getting chances. I hope he gets picked and does well this time around.

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    i miss his awesome swing bowling..... when he used to bowl the ball seems to be moving by remote.... the way mohd. yusuf was bowled was so awesome....

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    There used to be a time when Irfan was selected ahead of Zaheer Khan.... Greg Chappel totally destroyed this talent.... Hope he returns.... India will have a great stock of fast bowlers and they'll get excellent grooming under Zaheer Khan..... Hope Irfan is selected for Australia

  • Raviss on December 4, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    I guess its time to select Irfan Pathan!! if he is back to the promise he showed in his first season..then India will definitely b on their way top again.. n plz dont select Vinay Kumar.. Irfan is 10 times better than him on any day..and Mithun is too inexperienced to be tried on such a big tour as already taking 02 rookies..

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Irfan is sorely missed in the Indian team. Zaheer, Ishant and Irfan would be a lethal combination in Australia. I will never forget that dismissal of Gilly a few years ago. And remember that hat-trick in the first over against Pakistan! Man, he has a lot of talent. Hope he comes back stronger this time.

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  • on December 4, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Irfan is sorely missed in the Indian team. Zaheer, Ishant and Irfan would be a lethal combination in Australia. I will never forget that dismissal of Gilly a few years ago. And remember that hat-trick in the first over against Pakistan! Man, he has a lot of talent. Hope he comes back stronger this time.

  • Raviss on December 4, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    I guess its time to select Irfan Pathan!! if he is back to the promise he showed in his first season..then India will definitely b on their way top again.. n plz dont select Vinay Kumar.. Irfan is 10 times better than him on any day..and Mithun is too inexperienced to be tried on such a big tour as already taking 02 rookies..

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    There used to be a time when Irfan was selected ahead of Zaheer Khan.... Greg Chappel totally destroyed this talent.... Hope he returns.... India will have a great stock of fast bowlers and they'll get excellent grooming under Zaheer Khan..... Hope Irfan is selected for Australia

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    i miss his awesome swing bowling..... when he used to bowl the ball seems to be moving by remote.... the way mohd. yusuf was bowled was so awesome....

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    I still keep searching for the yorker which dismissed gilly way back in 03-04 series.. but no luck.. he cud've been a legend by now if a certain coach hadn't messed him up.. whenever there is a ranji match or a challengers trophy match in which Irfan is playing i really want to see him do well.. maybe now he might his his chance again. Irfan is on any day better than sreesant who keeps getting chances. I hope he gets picked and does well this time around.

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    i would give chance to new comer not irfan pathan. he used to be and his time is gone. India need young blood for next world cup and how long irfan pathan can play.

    india is world,s largest population on the globe and i dont know why they cant find pace man. why always have to relay on zaheer khan and company.

    its all politics in indian cricket. say good bye to sachin, laxman, dravid company and give chance to new ones.

  • on December 4, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Dying to see Irfan back in action....

  • on December 4, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    we need him back! he's just a great player and now that he's in the best form, we can't ignore him! he needs to back in the team!

  • on December 4, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    Please pick Irfan, he is the right replacement for Zaheer.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 4, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Here is a word from land of fast bowlers, Pakistan. And I captained my uni in my days..It really doesn't make a big difference if some one is bowling 132-135 or just 125-128. For Australians anything under 145 counts for something only if its kept in line, bowled in good areas and gets a zip and swings on both sides. Mohammad Asif was a megician bowling mostly at 125 but never bowled short or wide. He kept it at 4th stump on off while pitching at good. Same was was Sarfraz Nawaz. Forget everything about pace if you don't have it with other neccessary attributes. Parveen was your best bowler in England and for Australia you need some one like him. In present scanrio Irfan, if back with his swing, would be the best man to replace Parveen. I can put all my money on that he will perform better than Ishant. Then india needs a bowling allrounder if it starts going as it went in England.