Irfan makes serious allegations against team management including Dhoni
India cricket team’s left-arm pace bowling all-rounder Irfan Pathan has retired from all forms of cricket earlier this year. However, his last match in the international format was in 2012. After that, 35-year-old Irfan did not come around the national team.
Irfan’s international career has come to a halt after playing 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20s in just 27 years. But in the middle of it, many saw the shadow of the future Kapil Dev in him. But Irfan’s claim is that he has never received proper support from the team management.
After being dropped for the last time in 2012, the team management didn’t think about him. But Irfan was only 27 then. The all-rounder from Baroda still has this anger in his mind.
In an interview with SportsTalk, Irfan said, “I think when an opener is batted at number seven, it will definitely affect his performance. Take Chris Gayle, if he goes down to number seven, he will not be able to bat in 3-4 matches. In some matches, they will be out earlier, they will get a chance to bat for a maximum of 5-6 overs.
“In these cases the captain always has to be by the side of that player. Because the opener has been demoted to number seven on the advice of the captain. I think I did not get proper support in this place. I was also the man of the match in my last ODI, T20 match. Those who said that I did not get swing in bowling should know that it was not a new ball, I was being bowled at number three.”
Citing the example of other players, Irfan said,
“I remember Wriddhiman Saha getting a chance in the Indian team after not playing any cricket for almost a year. In Saha’s absence, Rishabh Pant scored a double century. Yet Saha was kept in the team. That is the case with some players, but not many. And I am in the group of those unfortunates.”
Not only in 2012, Irfan’s allegation that he was unethically dropped in 2008. He asked captain MS Dhoni about this but he did not get a good answer. Irfan still can’t find the secret of being left out in the next match of winning his country.
“Mahi (Dhoni) said that I did not bowl well in the 2008 Australia series,” he said. “So I asked him to correct your comment. I bowled well in the whole series. What more can I do?”
“I remember being knocked out in the very next match after my winning performance against Sri Lanka in 2008. You tell me, who has to be left out after winning matches for their country? Which match winner has to be out of the team? I had to do that.”
In his international career spanning from 2003 to 2012, Irfan scored 1105 runs and took 100 wickets in 29 Tests, 1544 runs and 173 wickets in 120 ODIs and 172 runs and 28 wickets in 24 T20s.