Irfan Pathan, the India allrounder, who announced his international retirement on January 4, said he never lost his swing, contradicting the general perception at that time. The 35-year-old Pathan said that blaming the then coach Greg Chappell for his downfall was a cover-up.
“All these discussions, people talking about Greg Chappell they are just covering up. (The discussion that) Irfan was not interested, it was coming from somewhere. All the aura they made that Irfan lost his swing, people need to understand, that you are not going to get the same kind of swing that you get in 10 overs. I was still getting the swing,” Pathan, who made his final appearance in 2012, told PTI in an interview on Sunday.
“People talk about my performance, but my job was different. I was given job to contain because I was bowling first change. I had been told this is your job. I remember getting dropped after winning the game in Sri Lanka in 2008, who gets dropped after winning the game for the country without any reason?” he questioned.
Pathan featured in 29 Tests (1105 runs and 100 wickets), 120 ODIs (1544 runs and 173 wickets) and 24 T20 Internationals (172 runs and 28 wickets).
After the 2008 IPL, questions were raised over Pathan’s willingness to play all three formats.
Pathan, however, asserted that it was never the case. “Yes, I always wanted to play all three formats. In 2009-2010, I had a back injury, and I was struggling to go to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, in Bangalore to check my back. I used to go through the scan, which is not good for your body, but I used to go through that and have different kinds of scans to actually know what is exactly happening with my back.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t have those kind of machines at that time which (would) make clear that why I am getting back pain. It eventually turned out to be five fractures, disc prolapse and a crack. I was struggling for two years with back injury and that back injury kept going (getting) worse, but I didn’t stop playing Ranji trophy.”