Gautam Gambhir’s career ended because of me: Mohammad Irfan
He also recalled an incident with Virat Kohli during the match in which Kohli was not able to read his pace properly.
Updated - Oct 7, 2019 12:29 pm
Mohammad Irfan, the 7.1 feet tall fast bowler from Pakistan is currently out of favor from the national squad. He created a big noise in the world cricket due to his pace that used to deceive the batsman but his line and length was the major issue with him. After playing a few tours he was ruled out of the team due to the inconsistency in his trait.
37-year-old’s last appearance came in ODIs for Pakistan that was back in 2016 against England. In 2012, the former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was in his prime for Team India but there was Irfan whom Gambhir doesn’t like to face as the fast bowler had dismissed the Delhiite on four occasions during that limited-overs series (T20Is and ODIs).
After that suddenly from being Pakistan’s first choice bowler he was sidelined by the team management and then he went onto play Pakistan Super League but in that also he was suspended by the board after he failed to report spot-fixing. Now, he has come down with some claims over Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir that has left everyone amazed.
Irfan feels that Gambhir and Kohli were never comfortable facing him
Recently, in an interview, Irfan expressed that the Indian batsmen were never comfortable in facing him as they were unable to read my pace and couldn’t sight my deliveries due to my height, “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 said as quoted by India Today.
As per him, it was his bowling that has ended the career of Indian opener Gambhir, “Gautam Gambhir was afraid of me. I think his career ended because of me. He didn’t return to the team after that series. He didn’t like to face me in a 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 2012 limited over series and he was unnerved against me,” he added.
And he also recalled an incident with Virat Kohli during the match in which Kohli was not able to read his pace properly, “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,” Pakistan bowler said.
Irfan has featured in 4 Tests, 60 ODIs and 20 T20Is and has bagged more than 100 international wickets for Pakistan across all the formats.