Baroda v Karnataka, Ranji Trophy, Group A

Irfan Pathan injures knee, out for at least one game

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November 6, 2012

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Irfan Pathan reaches out in vain to take a catch, India v South Africa, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day, March 30, 2008
Irfan Pathan played seven straight days of first-class cricket © Getty Images
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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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Posted by SoverBerry2 on (November 7, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

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

Posted by Aussasinator 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.

Posted by BCCI007 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..

Posted by 777aditya 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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by half_blood-prince 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 further.in 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..

Posted by ashankar on (November 6, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

@ bizman That sure is the best bet :)

Posted by ashankar on (November 6, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

@ James Badge Wing, I understand your concern but we have to pity the guy here who had his hopes of returning to the test team and wanted to prove his mettle.Unfortunate that in the process he hurt his knee and not selected for the team too :(. And yeah the administration will have an answer that the players have the liberty to choose the games they wanna play. In this competitive world no one will opt to sit out of any game and most importantly before the team selection! I will have to agree with @SuperKings2012

Posted by bizman on (November 6, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

BCCI should take care of players. How can you make a player, play for 7 consecutive days?? Defies logic??? Anyways BCCI and Logic does not go hand in hand. BCCI should have pool of 7-8 bowlers who are made to play alternatively so everyone gets enough rest and recovery time. Now we have injured Irfan, Zaheer, Munuf, Aaron. So who will play England? Unfit Zaheer, out of touch Ishant? The best bet is to play only one pace bowler in Umesh tyadav and 3 spinner- Ahwin, Harbhajan and Ojha.

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 6, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

If he was injured on the second day, he shouldn't have played the game. Imagine him being selected for the first test and injury revealed after selection of the squad. Will cause needless work for everyone. Should prefer to save his body longer than to rush up and prove point.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

7 Days in a row? That's madness, especially for an allrounder. Its an issue all over the world, administrators want to squeeze more and more cricket into the schedule with no thought for the welfare of the players.

Posted by TATTUs on (November 6, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

What about all those fitness managers, coaches and gyms. if you get injured after playing 7 days,, then whats the use of them? Plying 7 days is not an excuse. I got injured because I played is lame.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

i hope you will come back soon in the ranji trophy

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (November 6, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

Poor Lad. This is where selectors need to be more pro active and tell Irfan that he will not be selected for test matches, because in Indian pitches, pace all rounder ( unless u r like, Kapil or Manoj) can not be accommodated in the 11, he is much in contention for overseas tours and if required as a backup in matches in India and he can take it easy and not play 7 days of straight cricket, to be able to improve his chances for Indian test match selection, that will never happen.

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