India news August 28, 2014

Irfan targets India comeback through Ranji showing

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Irfan Pathan:
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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  • 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!

  • on August 29, 2014, 15:46 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • on August 29, 2014, 15:46 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • ListenToMe on August 29, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    With the current bowling speed, I don't think he can come back to Indian team. He was the best bowler for India once but destroyed it after cutting his pace down. He needs to bowl faster with swing to impress the selection team now. Also age is going to be a factor for him as well.

  • Naresh28 on August 29, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Us cricket fans are disappointed with Irfan's career. It started with promise and has dwindled out. The only way for him is to perform on the field. News articles will not do that. Looking at the last ODI Bhuvi and Shami set the game up on the bowling front - they thrive in helpful conditions. When there is nothing there they are terrible. An obstacle India needs to overcome.

  • on August 29, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    If he is fit and has played ranji, he should be taken to australia in place of Stuart binny

  • rohanblue on August 29, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    plz comeback strongly Irfan, Missing u in team india......

  • on August 29, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    for kind information his last full series he is man of the series against SL n in his last t20 appearance he is man of the match n his last test played 4 India he scored century with Ganguly who scored 239 against PAK..he has still lots of ability to represent India n I still miss those days when he was spearhead of India with those out swingers to lefties n deadly inswingers to right handers..n he was not fully fit in last IPL but he played n I have all hope of the world if he get fit then still he is master of swing after great Wasim n Zaheer Khan..

  • on August 28, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    I seriously doubt it. Unless he gets his banana swing back, he is not making a comeback. He should have slowed down but we as Indians wasted his talent by being over-excited. He had a dream run during Gangul's captainship but his ability to be an all-rounder killed him. One comment came from Pakistan that his bowling is slow, he tried to improve, failed and forgot how he used to bowl.

  • on August 28, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    his fitness needs to improve....if he wants to become permanent leader of the pace bowling....

  • CricketChat on August 28, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    I have no idea why this once talented all rounder fell off the radar so badly. I expected a bright career for him, almost to the level of former great Kapil, based on his promise. However, I do feel that BCCI and Ind selectors have abandoned him, much like Praveen Kumar (who I thought was the No.1 bowler for ODIs as recently as 2011-12). Irfan's and Yusuf Pathan's careers are over as far internationals are concerned. They had their chances, but they blew it.

  • on August 28, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Also, India has a lot of talented fast bowlers but they are just not managed properly, one example is in the recent test series against England where Bhuvi was used EXCESSIVELY by MSD. There needs to be a proper rotation of fast bowlers with a core group of 15-20 fast bowlers developed who are ready to play for the country anytime preferably under the guidance of someone like Wasim Akram which I am sure the BCCI can manage given the vast money they have in their coffers. Really disappointed the way the likes of RP.Singh, Munaf Patel, L.Balaji and Irfan along with Praveen Kumar just disappeared from the scene. These guys should have been at present the leaders of the attack the way we had invested in them but it was not the case. Sreesanth got himself out of contention. Really have hopes with the likes of Aaron, U.Yadav, J.Bumrah, B.Kumar, M.Shami that they will become the future stars of Indian pace bowling with some of the seniors like RP, Irfan and Praveen reviving their careers.

  • on August 28, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    He looked pretty off-colour during his comeback in this year's IPL where he had to share his overs with Darren Sammy for SRH. Also his batting didn't look that great. But having said that, he still has the chance to make a comeback through strong performances during the Ranji season as he would have been a certainty for this English tour had he been fully fit and India wouldn't have had to play Binny just for the sake of it. Infact, read it somewhere on cricinfo only that he had been asked to get himself fit for this tour but couldn't do so in time. So wishing Irfan all the luck in his latest attempt at making a comeback to the Indian side. Hope he recovers that famous inswing into the right handers at a decent pace which made him a devil for the right handed batsmen at the start of his career and not the trundlers he has been sending down recently. If he performs well this season, he automatically comes back as India needs experienced players right now and he is one of them.

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  • on August 28, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    He looked pretty off-colour during his comeback in this year's IPL where he had to share his overs with Darren Sammy for SRH. Also his batting didn't look that great. But having said that, he still has the chance to make a comeback through strong performances during the Ranji season as he would have been a certainty for this English tour had he been fully fit and India wouldn't have had to play Binny just for the sake of it. Infact, read it somewhere on cricinfo only that he had been asked to get himself fit for this tour but couldn't do so in time. So wishing Irfan all the luck in his latest attempt at making a comeback to the Indian side. Hope he recovers that famous inswing into the right handers at a decent pace which made him a devil for the right handed batsmen at the start of his career and not the trundlers he has been sending down recently. If he performs well this season, he automatically comes back as India needs experienced players right now and he is one of them.

  • on August 28, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Also, India has a lot of talented fast bowlers but they are just not managed properly, one example is in the recent test series against England where Bhuvi was used EXCESSIVELY by MSD. There needs to be a proper rotation of fast bowlers with a core group of 15-20 fast bowlers developed who are ready to play for the country anytime preferably under the guidance of someone like Wasim Akram which I am sure the BCCI can manage given the vast money they have in their coffers. Really disappointed the way the likes of RP.Singh, Munaf Patel, L.Balaji and Irfan along with Praveen Kumar just disappeared from the scene. These guys should have been at present the leaders of the attack the way we had invested in them but it was not the case. Sreesanth got himself out of contention. Really have hopes with the likes of Aaron, U.Yadav, J.Bumrah, B.Kumar, M.Shami that they will become the future stars of Indian pace bowling with some of the seniors like RP, Irfan and Praveen reviving their careers.

  • CricketChat on August 28, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    I have no idea why this once talented all rounder fell off the radar so badly. I expected a bright career for him, almost to the level of former great Kapil, based on his promise. However, I do feel that BCCI and Ind selectors have abandoned him, much like Praveen Kumar (who I thought was the No.1 bowler for ODIs as recently as 2011-12). Irfan's and Yusuf Pathan's careers are over as far internationals are concerned. They had their chances, but they blew it.

  • on August 28, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    his fitness needs to improve....if he wants to become permanent leader of the pace bowling....

  • on August 28, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    I seriously doubt it. Unless he gets his banana swing back, he is not making a comeback. He should have slowed down but we as Indians wasted his talent by being over-excited. He had a dream run during Gangul's captainship but his ability to be an all-rounder killed him. One comment came from Pakistan that his bowling is slow, he tried to improve, failed and forgot how he used to bowl.

  • on August 29, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    for kind information his last full series he is man of the series against SL n in his last t20 appearance he is man of the match n his last test played 4 India he scored century with Ganguly who scored 239 against PAK..he has still lots of ability to represent India n I still miss those days when he was spearhead of India with those out swingers to lefties n deadly inswingers to right handers..n he was not fully fit in last IPL but he played n I have all hope of the world if he get fit then still he is master of swing after great Wasim n Zaheer Khan..

  • rohanblue on August 29, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    plz comeback strongly Irfan, Missing u in team india......

  • on August 29, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    If he is fit and has played ranji, he should be taken to australia in place of Stuart binny

  • Naresh28 on August 29, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Us cricket fans are disappointed with Irfan's career. It started with promise and has dwindled out. The only way for him is to perform on the field. News articles will not do that. Looking at the last ODI Bhuvi and Shami set the game up on the bowling front - they thrive in helpful conditions. When there is nothing there they are terrible. An obstacle India needs to overcome.

  • ListenToMe on August 29, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    With the current bowling speed, I don't think he can come back to Indian team. He was the best bowler for India once but destroyed it after cutting his pace down. He needs to bowl faster with swing to impress the selection team now. Also age is going to be a factor for him as well.