Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan’s wait in the wilderness seems to have no end. It has been five years since he played any limited-overs match for India, and nine since he played a Test match. Irfan, who is known for his hat-trick against Pakistan in Karachi, admitted that time was running out fast for him to make a comeback into the Indian team. “I know that I’m – you know, I’m standing on thin ice,” Irfan told Cricinfo in an interview.
“I started early this season and I’m doing everything that I could to hopefully achieve my dream in the future,” he says. This season is going to be very, very crucial,” Irfan, who is leading Baroda in the ongoing Ranji Trophy tournament, said.
“I was playing a Champions League game, the semi-final,” he recalls. “We lost the game. The same night we took a flight (back to India). A couple of days in between and I played a three-day game against England. Third day, the last day, I took a flight to Baroda. From the next day onwards, I played a Ranji Trophy game against Karnataka. I scored a hundred in that game, bowled more than 20 overs in an innings, so I played about nine days continuously,” the all-rounder said.
“My knee flared up and I got a fracture. So, in ten days I took an international flight, played a T20 game, came to India, I was still jet-lagged, played a three-day game, scored 45 against England, bowled more than 20-25 overs (19 overs), took a flight on the third day, played the Ranji Trophy whole game, and on the last day I got injured. Who plays that? No one plays seven days of continuous first-class cricket. So that was my commitment and eventually I got injured,” Irfan said.