Edited By Tarun Vats | IANS | Updated: 30 Jun 2020, 11:11:00 PM IST
Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan has revealed that the idea of making him bat at number 3 was Sachin Tendulkar, not former Indian coach Greg Chappell. In the first ODI of the series between India and Sri Lanka in 2005, Pathan was promoted to the batting order at number-3 and he scored an impressive 83 runs off 70 balls.
India defeated Sri Lanka by 152 runs in this match. After this, Pathan batted at the top order in many matches. Pathan was originally a bowler and many believe that one of the reasons why Pathan's career was not long after his excellent start was the team management's strategy to develop him as an all-rounder.
Pathan, who took 301 wickets in international cricket, said on Instagram with Raunak Kapoor, “Even after my retirement, I had said that Greg Chappell had no hand in ending my career. As far as I was concerned about promoting for batting at number three, it was Sachin Paji (Sachin Tendulkar), not of Idea Chappell. '
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He said, 'Sachin Paji advised Rahul Dravid to send me to number three. He said that he (Irfan) has the power to hit sixes, can run fast with the new ball and can also play fast bowlers well, so he should promote up the batting. '
The former all-rounder said, “It was introduced for the first time when Muralitharan was at the peak of his best bowling against Sri Lanka and the idea was to attack against him.” Dilhara Fernando started throwing the ball at the time with the split finger and the batsmen did not understand that either.
Pathan, 35, said, “Therefore, the thinking was that if I managed to deal with it, it could go in the interest of the team. Especially given that this was the first match of the series. Therefore it is not correct to say that Chappell spoiled my career. Since he was not an Indian, it is easy to target him. '