India news August 28, 2014

Irfan targets India comeback through Ranji showing

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Irfan Pathan: "Before or after the World Cup, I am sure that I will soon be playing for team India" © AFP

India allrounder Irfan Pathan is confident of making a "comeback" to the national side, and has said he will focus on using the Ranji Trophy matches to make his presence felt. Irfan has not played for India since 2012 due to injury.

"Irfan will return very soon. For that my focus is on the forthcoming Ranji matches," Irfan said. "I will play all the Ranji Trophy matches and if you play four-day cricket, it would be easier to play one-day cricket.

"Before or after the World Cup, I am sure that I will soon be playing for team India."

Irfan, who represents Baroda in the Ranji Trophy, said: "I am very excited about Ranji Trophy matches. I will contribute towards bowling and batting as well. The experience that I have gained in so many years is an advantage. I will use that advantage and try my best to make a comeback."

When asked about the India's Test performance in England, he said: "It will not be proper to comment about it, but seeing the performance during the last one-day game, I hope the team will continue to perform like this." He also backed the out-of-form Virat Kohli. "I think Virat will definitely get his form back. He is an excellent and confident player. Neither we nor his fans should bother about Virat's performance during a particular season. I am very confident that what has been happening to him will make him a better player."

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  • dummy4fb on September 1, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    irfan sir please play county cricket rather than ranji matches which gives you more practice in foreign conditions rather than indian conditions where zaheer khan improved a lot after playing county cricket .

  • Johnny_129 on August 30, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    I think Irfan will make a wonderful addition to the Indian team IF he can regain his best form and fitness quickly. He is a much better option in the shorter formats. India will always play two decent all-rounders - Irfan & Ashwin or Irfan & Jadeja. Or if the wickets are suitable than they could play all three. Oh, not to forget Bhuvi as well - He can now he classified an all-rounder too!

  • android_user on August 29, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    He is definitely more reliable than Binny. Hope he makes it to the Indian squad soon.

  • dummy4fb on August 29, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    He keeps making these statements. India has got bowlers out there unless he sets Ganges on fire his chances looks bleak to me.

  • dummy4fb on August 29, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    He has not looked fit enough, now that he is almost 30, he is only going to be more injury prone. So many comebacks and so many injuries, do not think selectors have any interest in looking at him.

  • CricketMaan on August 29, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Knowing Dhoni he won't banish Binny so soon as he backs his players as far as he can! Irfan is not his favourite and to be honest Irfan is fit only when IPL is around. Rishi Dhawan is another prospect, but for him to get picked he needs to play for CSK. Remeber Jadeja became a regular in India and even Ashwin got picked after CSK, so did Mohit Sharma and Ishwar Pandey. Although all had good Ranji numbers prior to IPL, its not until they played for CSK they got a go. Rishi will have to wait until then.

  • dummy4fb on August 29, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    I saw you in Australia live at the GABBA. Looking forward for you Irfan, Welcome Back to Team India.

  • SudeepSonawane on August 29, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    If India is serious about defending its World Cup title in Australia, Dhoni and Shastri should review their strategy of batsman only in the top five. With this strategy if Rohit, Dhawan, Kholi and Rahane fail with the bat, their presence on the field becomes cosmetic. I would recommend including guys like Binny and Irfan. Even if they fail with the bat, Dhoni has bowling options. He was lucky in Cardiff where his five bowlers bowled well. It would be suicidal to play World Cup with just five bowlers in XI. Irfan would add variety with his left arm seam bowling. He is an excellent fielder and a big hitter who always scores quick 30s and 40s. He has experience that Dhoni needs.

  • dummy4fb on August 29, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    He could have been taken to England instead of Stuart Binny. With his test experience he would have been handy both with the ball and with the bat.

  • osteo on August 29, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    irfan is one of the best to play in aus. his batting is better in last cb series. he should improve his pace like shami done and try to get old swinging 2004. I am eager to see him in aus test series

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