I never lost my swing, blaming Chappell for just a cover-up: Irfan Pathan
MUMBAI: former pacer of India Irfan Pathan on Sunday he said he never lost his swing, contrary to the general perception at that time, and added that blaming the coach Greg Chappell because his fall was a cover-up.
Pathan, 35, announced his retirement on Saturday, saying that most players start their career in India with 27-28 but I ended up playing my last game at that stage.
Pathan was 27 years old when he made his last appearance in 2012. There was also a time when there was speculation about the intention of the pacemaker on the left arm to reproduce all three formats.
All these discussions ... people talking about Greg Chappell they are just covering up. (The discussion that) Irfan was not interested, it was coming from somewhere. All the aura they made that Irfan lost his swing, people need to understand, that you are not going to get the same kind of swing that you get in 10 overs. I was still getting the swing, Pathan told PTI.
People talk about my performance, but my job was different. They gave me work to contain because I was playing the first change. They told me this is your job. I remember being abandoned after winning the game in Sri Lanka in 2008, who falls after winning the game for the country for no reason? he questioned.
Pathan appeared in 29 tests (1105 races and 100 wickets), 120 ODI (1544 races and 173 wickets) and 24 T20 International (172 races and 28 wickets).
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Many former players feel that they could have played much more. Shape problems and injuries prevented him from realizing his true potential.
After the 2008 IPL, questions arose about Pathan's willingness to reproduce all three formats. Pathan, however, claimed that it was never the case.
Yes, I always wanted to reproduce all three formats. In 2009-2010, I had a back injury, and I was struggling to go to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, in Bangalore to check my back. I used to go through the exam, which is not good for your body, but I used to go through that and do different types of scans to find out exactly what is happening with my back.
Unfortunately we did not have such machines at that time, which (I would make clear) why I have back pain. Eventually it turned out to be five fractures, disc prolapse and a crack. I was fighting for two years with the back injury and that back injury continued (getting worse), but I didn't stop playing Ranji Trophy ."
Pathan said despite all the challenges he kept pushing.
My speed dropped during that time because I was not completely fit. I just kept pushing myself. It was for the love of the game and the red ball moving away from my hand.
I also led the side of Baroda in the Ranji Trophy. If that were the case, why would a player, who was well established in IPL, well established in ODI, play cricket nine days in 10 days (Champions League, three days)? match against England and Ranji against Karnataka): I scored 100 in the game and made 25 overs.
Why should I do that? I love playing for the country and I wanted to go back to the Cricket Test, he said.
He also praised his former captains. Sourav Ganguly , Rahul Dravid & Anil Kumble .
When I entered the Indian team, Ganguly knew I could do well with the new ball in Australia. He eventually gave me confidence. I think that was the beginning, he said.
When Dravid became the captain, he used my potential a step forward. (He) used me higher in the batting order (when) in addition to bowling with the new ball, he said.
Anil Bhai was the kind of senior I was lucky to have with Sachin Paaji (Tendulkar), who always gave me the right advice.
"His leadership was outstanding. He is matured in handling tough situations & he showed that during the Monkeygate episode," he signed off.