When there were cricketing ties between India and Pakistan, those bilateral series often broke the records of higher viewership to a cricket game. However, after political tensions, the Indian cricket board started to oppose playing them in bilateral ties. Meanwhile, the lanky fast bowler Mohammad Irfan reveals a story, which happened during those times and his dominance over India’s Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir.
Mohammad Irfan quoted that Gautam Gambhir has always failed to get better off him in the middle. He further revealed that Gambhir hasn’t even given him an eye-to-eye contact either in net sessions or during the course of the match. Irfan quoted that he got Gautam Gambhir four times during the series thus becoming a nightmare to him.
Gautam Gambhir never liked to face me – Mohammad Irfan
Mohammad Irfan has recalled how Gautam Gambhir’s distinct discomfort while facing him during the 2012 bilateral series. Not only the stylish southpaw but also Mohammad Irfan claimed that the entire Indian team found him hard to tackle when he was at the peak stage of his career.
“When I played against India, they were not comfortable batting against me. Some of them told me in the 2012 series in India that they couldn’t sight my ball properly because of my height and also didn’t read my pace,” Irfan told Samaa channel, as quoted by PTI.
“He (Gambhir) didn’t like to face me in a match or when both teams had nets, I always felt he avoided eye to eye contact with me. I remember I got out him four times in the limited over series in 2012 and he was unnerved against me,” he added.
Virat Kohli had problems in facing me –
Further, he revealed a story, which happened when Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh were at the crease. Narrating the story, Mohammad Irfan said that Kohli tried to pull him away but failed to make contact with the ball. It was when Yuvraj Singh asked Kohli to cut him rather than pulling. But, the current Indian skipper went to pull the ball and ended up being caught behind. Meanwhile, Yuvraj told Virat ”Now, Go Back”.
“He (Virat) told me he thought I would be around 130-135 kph but I had increased my pace and I was bowling around 145 kph and he had problems picking me up. Once when he was batting he tried to pull a good length ball and missed.
“Yuvraj (Singh), who was at the other end told him in Punjabi. Don’t try to pull him, rather try to cut him. Off my third ball, he went for a pull and was caught behind. Yuvi Paji told him… now go back,” Irfan recalled.
Well, it was an interesting story revealed by the Pakistan fast bowler. Currently, he is away from the national team and plying his trade in the franchise cricket across the globe.