Irfan Pathan is one of the finest all-rounders that this country has produced. Once he was compared with the Indian legend Kapil Dev. Pathan showed his spark in 2003 in Australia where he made his international debut. But after Greg Chappell took charge as Indian Cricket Team’s coach, Pathan began to lose his focus. Experts believe too many experiments by Chappell is the cause behind Pathan’s downfall in Indian cricket. There was a time when Pathan used to open the Indian batting as a pinch hitter and he used to open the bowling as well. However, Irfan Pathan never blamed Chappell for losing his spot on the national team.
The Baroda cricketer had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Now he revealed the reason behind this step. Former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif was seen interacting with Yusuf Pathan. Irfan also made a special appearance during the chat a shed light on his retirement decision. “It was looking like people had decided that they do not want to take me in the side, it was seeming so from the last two-three years, I was swinging the ball, I was in good form in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, I was performing well with both bat and ball in Ranji Trophy, even then if you are not getting into the side, its a signal for a player to stay home,” Irfan Pathan said during the interaction as quoted by the Siasat daily.
“If you keep on playing domestic cricket even if you are not being picked then you are taking the chance away from someone who can get selected and you end up losing respect as well. I could play domestic cricket even today for Jammu and Kashmir, but there is good talent there and you have to shape up talent. Even today, I can play but you need to look at the real picture,” Pathan added.