Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has often spoken about his desire to have a fast bowling all-rounder in the Indian team.
And with Irfan Pathan recovering well from the knee injury he suffered at the start of the previous Ranji Trophy season, it came as no surprise that the selectors decided to pick him in the 15-member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy on Saturday.
Irfan’s ability to swing the ball will definitely help in English conditions and the Baroda lad, who is currently plying his trade in the Indian Premier League for the Delhi Daredevils, is pleased as punch.
"It always feels good to be playing for India and feels great to be back in the Indian team after the injury-forced break. I will look to take it forward from where I left in Sri Lanka, the last time I played for India before getting injured," he told MAIL TODAY . Injury has really played spoilsport in Irfan’s efforts to cement his place in the Indian team after he made a comeback last year.
A freak injury while playing for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy not only kept him out of the series against Pakistan, but also against England. Irfan agrees that the injury came at the wrong time.
"While you can’t control injuries in sports, I feel the knee injury came at the wrong time. I was doing well and even in the first game for Baroda, I did well, before I got injured. I was hoping to be fit for the ODI and T20 series against Pakistan, but that didn’t happen. I was hoping to be a part of the India-England series, but that too didn’t happen. But I am glad to be fit once again," the 28-year-old all-rounder said.