India‘s discarded seam bowler Irfan Pathan, who was recently roped in by Gujarat Lions (GL) for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, on Wednesday blamed the injuries for shortening as well as ruining his career. It was earlier believed that Greg Chappell was responsible for it by making technical changes in his playing style. However, Pathan refused to blame Greg for it, and firmly believed that it was the injuries who played the spoilsport. Pathan was roped in by Gujarat as a replacement for Dwayne Bravo, who is still recovering form a hamstring injury he suffered in December 2016 while playing in the Big Bash League (BBL). FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Gujarat Lions (GL) – Match 31 at Bengaluru
“Nothing of that sort happened. I know lot of people said Greg Chappell ruined my career which is not true. No one can ruin anyone’s career. What you need to do, you need to do. You alone are responsible for what you do. When I was dropped from the team I was unfortunately injured. After that making a comeback was a bit difficult. I don’t blame anyone. It is wonderful to be here. Yes, but it is disappointing when you not get picked, initially. If you get picked even if you are in the middle or fag end of the tournament you feel good, hopefully I will get the opportunity and do well,” said Pathan, as reported by PTI.
“The best thing what a sportsman can do is to look forward and not look back too much, and that is when you go wrong. I know my international and domestic experience will help me perform well. Yeah, at the moment I am very happy to be playing for Gujarat Lions,” he added. IPL 2017: Irfan Pathan confident of better show for Gujarat Lions
Speaking on him being compared to Kapil Dev, he said, “Kapil Dev has been in a different league altogether when it comes to allrounders. I don’t know anyone can fill his shoes. “People have compared me to him, but it did not affect me. But as an youngster you like comparison, which gives you confidence to do better.”
Pathan added by saying that the bowling action he had changed earlier was due to the back problem, while he has switched back to his old action. “When I was working with TA Shekhar – that time I had back problem. So, I changed my action, and that actually put less pressure on my back. Now I have gone back to my own action and hopefully the swing is coming out of the hand very nicely. I will improve by playing more matches,” he concluded.