New Delhi: When the selectors announced the Indian squad for the tri-series in the West Indies on June 17, Irfan Pathan was very much part of the squad. But the BCCI suddenly sent out an email on Monday that Irfan had been ruled out due to a hamstring injury and his place in the team would be taken by pacer Mohammad Shami Ahmed.
After playing in the opening warm-up game against Sri Lanka on June 1, Irfan didn’t get a single game in the Champions Trophy. And while it isn’t uncommon for players to get injured while training, it is surprising that there was no news of any injury worries for Irfan before June 24 — a day after the end of the tournament.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY, former India bowling coach and Delhi Daredevils head coach Eric Simons said Irfan is a hard worker and it could have been in one of the net sessions that he injured himself.
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“Bowlers are always pushing themselves to perform even in the nets, particularly when they are not in the playing eleven and are trying to make an impression without actually having the opportunity of game time. The batsmen also want good competition in the nets and are always asking the bowlers to give more. So it is very possible to injure yourself in a net bowling session. Irfan works hard – sometimes too hard – on his bowling and that could have caused the injury,” he said.
Former India pacer and Delhi Daredevils’ mentor T. A. Sekar echoed Simons’s sentiments.
“Hamstring is the strongest muscle, but then injuries can happen any time. While I am not sure if it is pull or a tear of the muscle, as there hasn’t been any proper information provided, hamstring injuries can also happen during training. Irfan has worked a lot on his fitness and looked fine during the IPL, but the issue is that when you are bowling non-stop, even on the training ground, fatigue sets in and with minimal time to regain your strength, the overall fitness level starts decreasing and injuries crop up. I think that has been the case with Irfan,” he told MAIL TODAY.
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