India news August 28, 2014

Irfan targets India comeback through Ranji showing


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."