“It’s very difficult when a player who has done really well doesn’t get to play at certain times,” Irfan admitted during a chat with Cricbuzz. “It is very difficult, but you have to keep yourself fit which is very important. You have to make sure you keep yourself ready as well, mentally and physically both. Those are the only two things you can do as professional players because nowadays it’s all about being professional in terms of your game and about your own body.
“The other things are not in your control because it’s a team game. A lot of things depend on the pitch, the team combination and obviously depend on the leader, what sort of combination he wants to play. Those factors are not in your control.”