‘Where have we reached?’ – Irfan Pathan ‘disgusted’ after being compared to Hafiz Saeed on Twitter
Irfan recently had described Chappell as a 'misunderstood character' and had opined that the Australian was made a 'punching bag'.
Updated - Jul 2, 2020 7:34 pm
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, six months after retiring from the sport, had recently said that it would be wrong to blame Greg Chappell for spoiling his career. Irfan, who donned the national jersey in 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is, said that it was not Chappell but Sachin Tendulkar who pitched the idea of promoting the Baroda all-rounder to No.3 spot.
Irfan also revealed that Tendulkar had passed his idea to the then skipper Rahul Dravid, and Irfan was sent at the No.3 spot to take on the new ball and encounter pacers. Irfan described Chappell as a ‘misunderstood character’ and opined that the Australian was made a ‘punching bag’.
Irfan recently had said that Greg Chappell didn’t spoil his career
“I had said this after I had announced my retirement as well. Those who talk about Greg Chappell spoiling my career, by sending me as an all-rounder at No. 3 and all these things.
Actually, it was Sachin paaji’s idea. He advised Rahul Dravid to send me at No. 3. He said ‘he (Irfan) has the power to hit sixes, can take on the new ball and can play the fast bowlers well too,” Irfan had said during an interaction with ESPNCricinfo presenter Raunak Kapoor.
Irfan recalled that Sri Lanka’s Dilhara Fernando, at that time, had introduced the split-finger slower ball which was difficult to pick for batsmen. Hence, Irfan was pushed up the batting order to encounter that.
“It was tried for the first time in the series against Sri Lanka when Muralitharan was at his peak and the idea was to attack him as well. Dilhara Fernando back then had started the concept of the split-finger slower ball.
It’s not true that Greg Chappell spoiled my career. Since he was not from India, it is easier to make him a punching bag,” Irfan had further said.
Irfan Pathan’s statement received many reactions on social media. However, one bizarre comment irked the all-rounder so much that he shared it on his Instagram. Irfan shared a tweet where he was compared with Hafiz Saeed, co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the chief or amir of Jamaat-ud-Dawah.
Irfan, disgusted with the comparison, lashed out at the comparison and wrote, “What is the connection of that tweet? Where have we reached? This is the mentally we have to face. This needs to change…”