Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh’s latest tweets are raising a number of eyebrows with fans suggesting that both of them took a dig at MS Dhoni. Irfan Pathan retired from all forms of cricket earlier this year while Harbhajan Singh is still active but has not played for India since 2016.
Irfan Pathan last played for India in 2012 and never really came close to earning a recall after that. He did play in domestic cricket and IPL after that but could not really force his way into the side. On the other hand, Harbhajan Singh’s international career is all but over.
While he did play last for India in 2016, it won’t be wrong to say that he was out-of-favour since 2012. His last ODI appearance came in 2015 when he played seven games that year. Prior to that, he had last played an ODI way back in 2011.
Dig at MS Dhoni?
On Saturday, both Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh surprised many with their tweets. Irfan Pathan was the first to tweet as posted a cryptic tweet, writing: “Age is just a number for some and for some others a reason to be dropped…”.
Interestingly, the tweet came just a day after Dhoni struggled with his fitness during the clash between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020. While Dhoni received support from several quarters for battling hard despite being 39-years old, Irfan Pathan was perhaps not too happy with it.
Age is just a number for some and for others a reason to be dropped…
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 3, 2020
Harbhajan Singh, who pulled out of IPL 2020 last month, was quick to back Irfan Pathan, writing:
“10000000 percent agree with you. @IrfanPathan”
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 3, 2020
This is not the first time Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh have expressed their disappointment over not getting the support from the team-management. Earlier this year, Irfan had taken a dig at Dhoni and the team-management after announcing his retirement, saying:
“Many people feel I did not get the backing from the captain or the team management. I think that’s not in my control. All I cared about was doing well for the team and I am glad I could do that. But yes, one thing disappoints me. When I took my 300th wicket, I was 27. People peak at 27, but I did not play international cricket after that. Why? I don’t have an answer to that. Maybe, in the future, things will come out in the open.
In May this year, Harbhajan had also said that he was not backed because ‘they’ felt he was too old.
“They will not look at me because they feel I am too old. Also, I don’t play any domestic cricket. [In the] Last four-five years they did not look at me even though I was doing well in the IPL, taking wickets and I had all my records to back my case,” he had told ESPNcricinfo.
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