Edited By Tarun Vats | | Updated: 31 May 2020, 02:53:00 PM IST
Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan has said that he was not supported by the captain and coach as much as he should have. Irfan said during a conversation with a YouTube channel that things started to change since Gary Kirsten became the head coach of Team India.
During the interview, he said, 'I am not holding Gary Kirsten responsible but the thinking of every coach and captain is different. I think an atmosphere was also created that Irfan Pathan's ball is no longer swinging that much.
He further said, 'If there is an opener and you bat him at No. 7, his performance will make a difference. In such a situation, the captain's role is to back him, support him because you are the one who changed his number. He further said that he was the man of the match in his last One Day International but despite that he was not given a chance.
Pathan further said, 'I remember that Riddhiman Saha returned to Team India after a year without playing any match. Rishabh Pant also scored a century in the middle but Saha was given a chance. Sometimes a cricketer is supported, someone is lucky and someone is unfortunate and I am on the other list.
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He referred to the Sri Lankan tour (2012) in which he performed well. He said, 'After this, India played 5 ODIs in the series against New Zealand but I was not given a chance in a single match. Then I asked coach Gary Kirsten what I should do for the better. On this, he said that he did not have anything in his hand.
Irfan further revealed that he had also talked to former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni about this. He said, “I once asked Dhoni how in the year 2008 to do better, he said that nothing is wrong and everything is going well.”
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Irfan played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20 Internationals in his career. He took 100 wickets in Tests. With 1544 runs in ODIs, he took 173 wickets, while in T20 International he took 28 wickets in addition to scoring 172 runs.