No matter the class of batsmen or the remarkable ability of bowlers, they are bound to go through a rough phase. It can be a lot frustrating for cricketers to go through a lean patch, given their passion and undying love to perform at the international level. But the only way to redeem themselves or win back their place is to go back to the drawing board and figure out where they went wrong.
And they did. Even after being renowned and eminent in the respective departments, they admitted their faults and went to domestic cricket to rectify it.
By doing so, they set an example for the youngsters not to give up or hold on to their egos. Instead, such cricketers encouraged them to correct the obvious weakness and give their best at the international level.
We take a look at five famous cricketers who went back to domestic cricket to regain form:
Irfan Pathan bagged the emerging player of the award in 2004, having made his international debut for India the previous year. He was being viewed as the next Wasim Akram before going through a rough phase that saw him lose his pace and swing. Hence, the Baroda cricketer went to domestic cricket.
Irfan’s first Ranji match in a bid to regain form turned out as a satisfactory, having made 84 runs and picked three wickets for 167 runs against Uttar Pradesh. In the subsequent matches, the left-arm seamer snapped five scalps against Tamil Nadu and seven against Mumbai.
Such performances sealed his international comeback as the selectors drafted him to India’s squad in the 2007 World T20 in South Africa. The 35-year old snared ten wickets in seven fixtures that tournament at 14.90, including winning the man of the match in the final in a winning effort.