Gujarat Lions are presently moving down to the seventh position, having attained just three wins from 10 matches they have played so far.
New Delhi: Indian Cricket all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who was named as Gujarat Lions squad as a replacement for wounded Dwayne Bravo for the rest of the ongoing IPL season, has claimed that with four matches remaining, his IPL crew still have an ‘outside chance’ to come nearer to the IPL title.
Gujarat Lions are presently moving down to the seventh place, having attained just three wins from 10 matches they have frolicked so far.
Yet, Pathan still remains confident that his crew can come close to the title by attaining points from the other matches.
“We still left with four games. We have an ‘outside chance’ to come near to the IPL title if we gain all the rest of the matches and uphold a good run rate. We are totally focusing on the rest of the matches,” Pathan said, in a special conversation with the media.
After spending nearly three weeks viewing IPL 10 at home, Pathan was flung into the deep end directly when he was asked to bowl in the last over by skipper Suresh Raina through the tied match contrary to the Mumbai Indians on last match.
Pathan, yet, showed his class and shown why he was once India’s premier all-rounder as not only did he guard 11 runs of the last six balls, but also accomplished to tie the match and take it to a Super Over.
Irfan had admitted that though he was not doing much of bowling after going unsold through the IPL auction, he came out with a good performance in his initial game.
“My ball was getting a constant swing in all games I played before this IPL season. Because of this swing, I was getting a great number of wickets. When I was flouted in IPL auction, I got a small pause from cricket. Though I was training, my bowling was low. It clearly takes the time to hold the rhythm when a bowler is not fetching in bowling as much as he should. The best thing is that I was prepared for the task in the IPL game in Rajkot, in spite of not playing much of cricket previously. Had we won that game then the condition would have been completely different,” Pathan stated.
Irfan, yet, was plunged for the side’s previous IPL clash compared to the Rising Pune Supergiant at the outflow of Pradeep Sangwan.
Irfan said that he would stab to work on his match and look to put his finest foot forward in the rest of the matches.
“Positively, I will try to progress in my game in future four matches. I have toiled a lot on my fitness…I consider that if you want to take wickets, then the bowling should be aggressive. The attitude of a bowler should always be aggressive. I think this is the perfect way to work,” he told.
Pathan also conveyed his views on the next Champions Trophy, starting from June 1 at England and Wales.
The veteran cricketer uttered hope that guarding champions India would reprise the sort of performance they showed in the preceding edition.
“I wish the Indian crew for a good presentation in the Champions Trophy. I hope whoever gets nominated for the tournament does well. It is good that all the players are moving into the Champions Trophy after the IPL season. I am assured that they will be profited from this and would accomplish in the same way they did in the previous edition,” Pathan concluded.