Irfan Pathan announced his retirement from cricket this year. But what if Pathan’s career was not over and he could still be a part of the Indian cricket team? The former left-arm seamer could have been another useful weapon in the highly-rated Indian cricket team’s fast bowling department which already features some big names such as Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.
Pathan, in a recent interview, named one Indian pacer from the current crop of players whom he would have loved to partner with.
In a recent Instagram Live interaction with ESPNCricinfo’s reporter, the 35-year-old said that he would have really enjoyed bowling along with Bumrah. The Mumbai Indians pacer has grown into one of the very bests across all formats in the modern era and Irfan was quick to explain why he and Bumrah bowling together would be a highlight.
Bumrah made his Test debut in 2018 and has already claimed 68 wickets from 14 fixtures at an average of 20.39. He has also claimed 5 five-wicket hauls. While his recent form may have been subpar, especially considering his Test and ODI performances in New Zealand, Bumrah still remains a fearsome asset in the Indian fold.
Meanwhile, Irfan Pathan also discussed how cricketers or sportspeople can take the country forward as a whole. The 35-year old believes that if athletes reveal their views on sensitive issues, it will broaden the minds of others too; however, out of fears and insecurities, they maintain silence.
“Ideally, if cricketers or sports stars can come out and talk about issues plaguing society, then it will only take the country forward. But simply saying “hamara desh mahan hai” won’t help. We need to walk the talk.” said Pathan.
“If you ask why others don’t talk about sensitive issues, then I feel they have insecurities. For example, a commentator ends up losing his job for praising the opposition because a film star tweets against him. These are insecurities. So, if we can assure them security then they will come out and talk.” he added.