Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"Bowling first change cost me swing"

India team discard Irfan Pathan on Tuesday blamed his lack of success on not getting the new ball.

He said that his not getting the new ball compromised his natural ability to swing the cherry.
Making it clear that he had no complaints whatsoever, Irfan said bowling first change meant he never got the swing which he otherwise could have generated with the new ball.

"I'm not complaining that I should be given the new ball, but yes, if you are bowling first change, you are not going to get that much swing. Your wicket tally is going to reduce," Irfan told reporters.

The left-arm seamer from Baroda said even in seam-friendly countries like England and South Africa, it's never easy for a first change bowlers to get wickets.

"In terms of swing, I don't think natural talent will die. Wherever you go, even places like England and South Africa, where the bowlers get help, even there bowling first change with white ball, especially with the powerplays on, he (the bowler) is not going to get that many wickets.
His economy rate is going to increase along with his wicket-taking average. Same happened with me," he said.

Irfan, however, asserted that he was in good rhythm and primed for a comeback.
"There was a phase when I came back after injury and struggled with the ball. But that phase is gone now," he said.

Asked about his chances of a comeback into the Indian squad, Irfan said he had done his best and now it was upto the selectors to decide.

"I am preparing well to make a comeback. It has been a good season. I took 22 wickets in five matches and also scored close to 400 runs, besides captaining the side. Now it is upto the selectors to decide," he said.

"As a player we expect a lot of things. I was expecting to be in the side for the Sri Lankan tour, but that is every player's personal feeling and I had it as well," he added.

Asked about the reasons he was dropped from the team, Irfan said it was because of his lack of performance.

"When you don't perform well, you will get dropped. People think that I should have been given more chances but I personally believe that if you are performing to the expectations of what your team wants, then you are not going to get dropped," the Baroda pacer said.

Irfan felt the advent of Twenty 20 had turned cricket into a global sport and players should themselves opt out of a tournament in case they were fatigued.

"With more money getting involved in the sport, cricket is becoming more professional. Fitness will get affected. But it's upto the individual. If he feels he will get injured and needs rest, he should let the team know how he's feeling so that chances of him getting injured reduce," he said.

Irfan said leading Baroda in the Ranji Trophy was a unique experience for him.
"Captaining in domestic cricket was new to me. I came to know what happens in selection meetings, how to pick up different players. That experience is one of the few positives for me after injury," he said.

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