Once upon a time, Irfan Pathan was one of the fastest growing stars in the country and was heralded as the future of Indian cricket.
In addition to being a pace bowler who could bowl up front and at the death, Pathan was also a good striker with the ball, making his a fantastic T20 player on paper.
Pathan was sensational in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, as he was also the Man of the Match in the final against Pakistan. But his once promising career quickly went off the rails, as the Baroda all-rounder last his place in the national side.
After a couple of underwhelming performances in the IPL, Pathan was finally discarded by the franchises and was not considered for selection in the January’s IPL auction.
Pathan though is not too disheartened, as he knew that there was hardly any chance of him being picked up in the auction.
“I have not played first-class cricket this season, courtesy whatever happened in Baroda cricket. If I was the owner of an IPL team, I would not have picked myself. Now, I want to be in an environment where I can enjoy my cricket. Things can change then. This year, I was expecting whatever happened at the auctions,” said Pathan as quoted by the Indian Express.
“Whatever is said and done. You always think there is a slim chance, one way or the other. I am going to prepare well for the next season, be it training or other stuff. I will go where my cricket takes me,” further revealed the all-rounder.