Irfan Pathan hits out at Razzaq for calling Bumrah ‘baby bowler’
Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq hit the headlines for a wrong reason after calling world-class bowler Jasprit Bumrah a ‘baby bowler’. He stressed on the fact that he could have easily humiliated Bumrah if he had faced him during his playing days. However, Razzaq’s statement hasn’t gone down too well with Indian fans and cricket experts.
Meanwhile, former India bowling all-rounder Irfan Pathan hit out at former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq for his silly remark on India pacer Jasprit Bumrah a ‘baby bowler’ while urging the fans to not pay much attention or react to these statements.
Irfan Pathan who saw Razzaq’s tweet, straightaway responded on social media in the form of a tweet. Though he did not take any names in his tweet but used hashtag Bumrah that gave him the hint that he was reacting to Razzaq’s recent statements.
“I have played against great bowlers like Glenn McGrath and Wasim Akram, so Bumrah is a baby bowler in front of me and I could have easily dominated and attacked him,” Razzaq added in an interview to Cricket Pakistan.
Reacting to it, Irfan Pathan tweeted, “Irfan jese bowlers hamari gali gali mein paae jate hay par jab jab ye galli bowler inke samne khela har baar inki gilliyan nikal ke rakh di. Request to all fans not to pay any heat to those unnecessary over the top statements. Just read and :)”
“Irfan jese bowlers hamari gali gali mein paae jate hay” par jab jab ye galli bowler inke samne khela har baar inki gilliyan nikal ke rakh di. Request to all fans not to pay any heat to those unnecessary over the top statements. Just read and 😃…. #bumrah #ViratKohli
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 5, 2019
In his tweet, Irfan also took a swipe at former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad who reportedly called the India pacer as a ‘gully’ bowler. ”Your Irfan Pathans are in every gully and mohalla of Pakistan. We don’t even bother to look at them,” then Pakistan coach Miandad had reportedly said when India toured Pakistan in 2004 after a gap of 15 years.
“I am not saying he [Pathan] is bad. All I am saying is that he is all right for India. But Pathan can’t scare us. He simply does not have the pace. What Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami can do against Indian batsmen, Pathan cannot do against our batsmen.”
Needless to say, when Irfan Pathan was nineteen years old, he featured in the last three games of the 5-match ODI series where he was the star performer of the team, picking up eight wickets in those games to help India clinch the series. In the Test series, Irfan Pathan took 12 wickets.
Quite interestingly when India toured Pakistan in the year 2006, Irfan Pathan had the last laugh at Pakistani top order as he bagged a hat-trick in the very first over of the third Test match, becoming only the second Indian after Harbhajan Singh to take a Test hat-trick.