India’s left arm pacer Irfan Pathan used to be one of the first names on the team list in the past. He used his pace, excellent accuracy and swing to dismiss batsmen for fun. But due to injuries & lack of form, he hasn’t had the honor to put on the blue of India since 2012.
His aggressive bowling made him the main man of India’s pace attack in no time. But sadly, his career started to decline during the lst part of the previous decade. Irfan now regretfully looks back & confesses that he sometimes worked harder than required, which led to injuries and eventually made him lose his place in the men in blue’s starting line up.
Irfan said, “I was playing a Champions League game, the semi-final. The same night we took a flight [back to India]. A couple of days in between and I played a three-day game against England. Third day, the last day, I took a flight to Baroda. From the next day onwards I played a Ranji Trophy game against Karnataka. I scored a hundred in that game, bowled more than 20 overs in an innings; so I played about nine days continuously. My knee flared up and I got a fracture. So that was my commitment and eventually I got injured. I haven’t talked about this but this is what happened before I got injured. So, if not me, even the fittest guy would get like, you know — in terms of energy, people used to call me powerhouse because I can go on the whole day and energy was never an issue, but managing workload sometimes was an issue with me. Sometimes I used to overwork, so that was a main issue and this was happening exactly that way. I needed help as well, and I asked for help and I didn’t get help.”
Irfan was a mainstay during the days of Tendulkar & Ganguly. He was a very popular figure amongst Indian supporters because of his performances against Pakistan. Ironically, he was taught by Wasim Akram, an info that didn’t go down well in either countries. Irfan now can only look back & regret because chances of his return are slim to none.