India news September 17, 2013

Injured Irfan out for six weeks

ESPNcricinfo staff

Irfan Pathan, the India medium-pacer, has been sidelined for six weeks with a rib injury. It leaves him facing a race against time to be fit for the Ranji season, which starts on October 27.

Irfan had been included in the India A squad for the ongoing limited-over series against West Indies A and was also named captain of the India Red side for the upcoming Challenger Trophy.

"It was a recent injury, it happened when I was bowling in Bangalore [the venue of India A one-day matches]," he told ESPNcricinfo, and added that it was not an injury which will cause trouble in the future after recovery.

"Should be back on the field in around 6 weeks. I understand a few fans are disappointed, so am I. But don't worry #faith," he tweeted.

The BCCI had named his replacement in the India A squad last week, and his place in the Challenger Trophy was taken by Kerala medium-pacer Sandeep Warrier. Irfan's half-brother, Yusuf Pathan, will take over as India Reds' new captain.

Irfan has been regularly troubled by injuries since a starring role in India's ODI series victory in Sri Lanka last year. A hamstring injury had curtailed his Ranji season, and another one ruled him out of the tri-series in the Caribbean in July. He was part of India's squad in the Champions Trophy but didn't get a game.

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  • Ashok on September 18, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Irfan was just 19 when he made his debut vs. Australia in Tests. He has a "double" in Tests - 100 Wkts. & 1000 runs. He was rightly tipped to be Kapil Dev's successor. Look what the injuries have reduced him to- his career is almost over. For a sportsman, Fitness should be #1 priority. Indian Cricketer do not pay much attention to this important aspect. I wish Irfan all the best but I feel his best days are past. There are plenty of youngsters - bowlers, batsmen & all rounders- who are knocking at the door. I personally do not feel Irfan Pathan will play for India again. Other youngsters need to take a lesson from Irfan's injuries- immensely promising debut terminated by injuries!

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Irfan and Praveen are on the same boat. Wonder what would have happened to them if they are genuine quicks bowling over 150 kmph.

  • Ramesh on September 18, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    This is unbelievable. Did he play any competitive cricket that resulted in these injuries? Irfan has lost the swing and verve he had some years back thanks to the multiple bowling coaches and wise-heads. He is now more of a trundler. And he cannot make it to the playing 11 on the basis of his batting. So where does this leave him??

  • waqar on September 18, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Irfan Pathan in short is the man of Injuries! Like he said, it is really frustrating for his fans! I myself is a huge fan of Irfan. What a talent he is. The king of swing with pace when he has started of his career. But now he has lost his pace, place and much of the swing. Greg Chappel tormented his career by juggling him across the batting order, focus less on his basics i.e. Bowling swing with a decent pace. Pathan is almost 29 now and has got at least 6-7 years of cricket left in him. He has the time to sort out his lost rhythm. Wish he will be injury free in the future.

    Best of Luck Dear.

    Regards, Waqar Alam Khan

    Doha Qatar QDVC

  • gurinder on September 17, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    @ deb-- what u want to say? india drawn last 4 series with sa 1-1. india just won 4-0 to australia and avenged 4-0 loss few years back. times change and teams change. england were whitewashed by aus 5-0 in 2007 ashes. now they won 3 ashes in a row. wi ruled world cricket for years in past. now they fight with nz and sl for 6th place in tests. even if india play sa 4-0 was not possible as u cannot lose twice in a test and india were to play only 2 tests with them.icc rankings brackets teams and how india wud come behind aus when india are 3 places above them in icc rankings?get real mate, look up for official icc webpage.

  • Tim on September 17, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    @deb, stop trolling, this article is about Irfan Pathan. When I read the headline link I though it was the Pakistan giant they were talking about. I'm glad it's not a test player getting injured but still unlucky for Pathan.

    @Harish, Pathan was already getting shuffled all over the order before Chappel even got there. In the end he wasn't a good enough bowler or batsman for tests. Doesn't bowl fast enough. Perfect for ODIs when fit though. And I very much doubt he has 7 years left. Maybe 3 or 4 at best. His body is already shot

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Looks like deb78 has comfortably forgotten how well the 'Strong' cricketing nations has treated India and the other nations in the past. When a subcontinent bowler appeals that will never be out. But one of those guys appeal it will be out. The 'Strong' nations always had 13 members in their team. Indian test team was the only the test team in recent memory that could have toppled any cricketing team outwitting all these disadvantages and distractions. Every team goes under transition. Just because India lost 4-0 to Aus or Eng, it was never end of the world. England had played worse cricket and if there was a place lesser than rock bottom they could have would have taken a lease in that. Didn't they bounce back. I strongly believe India are getting into the act strongly now. Champions league was a testimony for that. :)

  • Krishna on September 17, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is the living example of how crucial is fitness to the game of cricket(or any sport) irrespective of the amount of talent you possess.Hope he hires a Physio ahead of an coach for him to many any sort of comeback in future.

  • Joseph on September 17, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Irfan has limited wishes - play IPL and get out with injuries. He is doing good with it. Don't worry - he will get out of injuries by February and will get back into injuries by May

  • Debashish on September 17, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    BCCI is ruining Indian cricket beyond redemption.Indian cricket will never get the respect of strong cricketing nations unless they win convincingly abroad in countries like SA, Aus, England.What is the point in playing WI in India and winning...what will it prove? The ignominy of losing 4-0 to Eng and Aus will forever remain nd what a chance we are throwing away to redeem some pride by winning in SA...we were always a great ODI team...but never a great test team..we will remain the same unless BCCI changes its mindset..infact SA may just laugh at us and say that we backed out fearful of similar thrashing and losing 4-0 there..we have never done well there it was a challenge for us..we could have set a few things right..India cricket goes a few steps fact we should not complain if we are bracketed with NZ nd WI as test teams nd SA, Eng nd Aus form the top sides for test cricket..

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