Mumbai, Nov 21: Once labelled as one of the most talented all-rounders India has produced, Irfan Pathan was kept away from international cricket by injuries and poor form for the past three years. But Irfan believes that the dream for a national team call-up is still very much alive for him, especially after a memorable comeback recently in the first class season which saw him claim 12 wickets and score over 90 runs in two matches.
The 31-year-old finished with figures of 6-47 and scored 73 runs including a half-century for Baroda against Gujarat which was followed by 6-80 along with 18 runs against Punjab in the recent Ranji Trophy matches.
Irfan made it clear that he has returned to full fitness and is concentrating on the task at hand, that is, to pick wickets and get runs under his belt which will eventually catch the eyes of the national selectors.
“Every player who plays first class cricket dreams to play for India; that’s why I am in the Ranji Trophy. I still have my dream very much alive to play for India. I just want to keep my mouth shut and keep playing. My aim is to keep performing, keep improving, and keep doing the right thing,” Irfan told IANS in an interview.
“If I perform, I am sure the people (selectors) who are there will notice. My performance will speak for me,” he said.