Monday, 14 October 2019

I ended Gautam Gambhir’s career; Fast bowler Irfan claim

BCCI photo

AHMEDABAD: Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan claims he was the reason behind the end to Gambhir’s remarkable white-ball career.

Speaking in a recent interview, Irfan recalled how Gautam Gambhir’s distinct discomfort while facing him during the 2012 bilateral series literally finished his white-ball career. Standing tall at 7ft 1 inch, Irfan dismissed Gambhir four times during that limited overs series (T20s and ODIs) and the southpaw played only one more white-ball series for India (vs England) before being dropped.

“When I played against India, they were not comfortable batting against me. Some of them told me in the 2012 series in India that they couldn’t sight my ball properly because of my height and also didn’t read my pace,” Irfan told the ‘Samaa’ channel.

“He (Gambhir) didn’t like to face me in match or when both teams had nets, I always felt he avoided eye to eye contact with me. I remember I got out him four times in the 2012 limited over series and he was unnerved against me,” Irfan said. Gambhir played his last T20 for India against Pakistan at Ahmedabad in that series.

He also appeared in just one more ODI series against England after facing Pakistan in the winter of 2012/2013 and was never picked in white ball format by India again. On being questioned whether he believes he ended Gambhir’s white-ball career, Irfan responded: “I believe I ended his career. He did not play many more matches after that series.”

“He told me he thought I would be around 130-135 kph but I had increased my pace and I was bowling around 145 kph and he had problems picking me up. Once when he was batting he tried to pull a good length ball and missed.”Yuvraj (Singh), who was at the other end told him in Punjabi. Don’t try to pull him, rather try to cut him. Off my third ball, he went for a pull and was caught behind. Yuvi Paji told him… now go back,” Irfan recalled.

Check Also

Facebook launches selfie filter in campaign

BIRMINGHAM: On World Mental Health Day, Facebook launched a ‘Let’s Talk’ filter on Facebook and ...

Leave a Reply