Baroda v Karnataka, Ranji Trophy, Group A November 6, 2012

Irfan Pathan injures knee, out for at least one game

ESPNcricinfo staff

Irfan Pathan, the India limited-overs allrounder, may have rescued Baroda from 88 for 4 in the first innings with a century that got them three first-innings point, but he has injured his knee in the process, and will be out for at least one Ranji Trophy game. He is expected to visit Bangalore's National Cricket Academy (NCA) for rehabilitation. Baroda's other India quick, Munaf Patel, is already out with an injured knee. They play Vidarbha, who posted an outright win over Haryana, next, at home from November 9 onwards.

Irfan scored 121 and 38 against Karnataka in the season opener, bowled 25 overs for two wickets in the first innings, but didn't take the field during the second innings, which was academic anyway given the lack of time to force a result. "Irfan was suffering from swollen knee from second day of the match," Baroda coach Sanath Kumar told Times Of India. "His injury has aggravated and hence he will have to undergo treatment."

According to the newspaper, Irfan looked in pain almost throughout the game. "I cannot say how much time Irfan would take to get fit. It all depends on his rehabilitation at National Cricket Academy," Kumar said. "He suffered from the swollen knee probably due to playing continuously over the last few weeks." Irfan had only recently made a successful comeback to the national side as an allrounder in ODIs and T20Is.

This brings into sharper focus the unforgiving Ranji Trophy schedule. Add to it the India A game against England A, and Irfan played seven straight days of first-class cricket. There is no time to relax between Ranji matches either. Some of them are being played three days apart, and some provide a gap of four days. With the large number of domestic tournaments played in a limited window of Indian winter, the Ranji Trophy is played over a little less than three months. The champion side will have played about 47 days of first-class cricket over that period.

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  • Cricket on November 7, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Poor man. He is 28 now. Injuries will be harder to heal

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Pathan plays against the rising ball comfortably than most of else in the squad..

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Great Commitment and effort from Irfan.. He's clearly getting a rough deal by selectors for quite some time now despite consistent performances whenever he's been given a chance.

    Good Luck Irfan.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Irfan seems to be a batsman who can bowl a bit.

  • Subba on November 6, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Against the quick rising ball, Irfan Pathan looks more accomplished a batsman than Gambhir and sehwag. Gambhir especially.

  • Ahmed on November 6, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    TO IRFAN HATERS: He came to bat at 88/4 and scored century and saved Baroda from defeat. He also scored crucial 38 in second innings,and also bowled 25 overs in first innings. Not everyone can do that. That is his commitment..

  • Aditya on November 6, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    poor Irfan! He thought he could walk into the test team by playing so much - just needs to get back into his original rhythm - looks much better now with his swing back. Also, he is a much improved batsman. Here's hoping seeing Irfan in test matches soon!

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    That's stupid, if he was in pain he should have been asked to rest, Indian Board is not doing its job properly in managing fast bowlers, its really frustrating. Board is dependent upon Human resources specially Bowlers, it should take more care of bowlers.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    this tells how BCCI devalues Ranji games. schedule of the Ranji matches were in continuation of India A game against England..another player Ajinkya Rahane too played in the same way. at least one day gap should have been between these two encounters.

  • Severus Snape on November 6, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    @tattus because in this 7 days he has both batted and bowled regularly.he is not a batsman who can score double century and sit in the pavalion the rest of the day or not the bowler who after taking 5 wickets only goes to bat to stretch the innings 5 or 10 over this 7 days he scored 40 odd runs and though wicketless bt bowled 15+ overs and then scored a century in ranji and after bowling 25 overs taking two wickets he scored 30+ runs in second inn. and also bowled in second inn..he had got some very busy time..though this is not excuse bt then atleast he should not be blamed..bcci should be blamed because ranji trophy has become a waste afterall they are goin to pick old mates everytime in tests..

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