Irfan Pathan swung his way to become the second Indian to claim the Hat-trick Test and the first to do it outdoors against Pakistan in Karachi is one of the most precious memories of Indian cricket fans. Pathan, who toured Pakistan for the first time with a senior Indian team under captain Sourav Ganguly in 2004, has given many impressive performances against his nemesis. He was also the Player of the Match in the 2007 World Cup final against Pakistan in Johannesburg too. Because of this, the all-round former Indian surprised everyone when he revealed that he did not want to visit Pakistan when the opportunity came to knock on his door for the first time.
Irfan, who made his debut for India in Australia at the age of 19, made his name as a swing bowler when he took 9 goals in the U19 match against Bangladesh in 2003 in Lahore. But the left winger revealed that he had no intention of going on the tour because he wanted to play the Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai for Baroda.
“I did not want to go on the Pakistan tour. We were competing against Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. I told Shetty sir that this was a match against Mumbai, I was in good condition. say – no Indian has toured Pakistan for the first time in 14. You have played U19 before so you have to go. ‘I went there disappointed to be honest but who knows what was in store for me,’ Pathan said to Raina in the live Instagram session.
“I remember the Lahore match when you took 9 goals with two hat tricks and everyone started talking about you. “But you are blessed by God after you played that match in Pakistan. You were chosen to tour Australia,” Raina said.
Pathan’s immediate success on the tour quickly brought him to the Test India side for the Australian tour and the boy Baroda made an immediate impact by getting the big goalposts Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden.
“I remember Yorker swinging upside down to fire Gilly, you also took out Haydos,” added Raina.
Maturity also discussed their first U19 tour to England under captain Gnaneswara Rao.
“I told the viewers that you and I debuted together for India U19. England tour when Venugopal’s brother Rao Gnaneswara Rao was the captain.
“That you are a memorable person. That was my first international flight. We have some great players at Ambati Rayudu, Chandrasekhar Atnam, you, Bengal guards from Bengal Paul, they are all very talented. It was a 2 and a half month tour and full of fun. “Raina said.
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