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Irfan still wants to represent Pakistan for another four to five years
Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Irfan has revealed that the “Indian tour was a great learning curve” for himself and even helped revive his international career after he was sidelined for 18 months just days after making his debut in 2010.
The 7ft Irfan made his debut against England in a one-off ODI and never represented Pakistan again until the series against arch-rivals India in December 2012.
“The Indian tour was a great learning curve for me,” Irfan told PTI. “Bowling to quality batsmen and before full crowds. It helped me become a more confident person and bowler.
“For someone starting afresh, a tour to India can be a make or break one. For me fortunately it was a good tour and I have not looked back since.”
Since the India tour, Irfan admitted that he feels a lot more confident bowling to batsmen of all calibres.
“After the Indian and South African tours I think I also became a more lethal bowler because of the 10 days I spent in the Wasim Akram camp in Karachi,” he said. “He taught me there how to bowl the inswing and once as a left arm pacer you learn to swing the ball both ways it is easier to pick up wickets.
“I have pace and bounce but with the ability to swing the ball both ways I am always sure I can get wickets with the new ball no matter who the batsman is.”
However, Irfan is also aware of the fact that he needs to improve on his fitness drastically if he is to continue being a regular feature in the national team.
“I don’t think it is a serious issue now I am spending lot of time on my fitness and my diet,” he said. “Most importantly I now have the right size shoes when I bowl so that also means I face no fitness problems while bowling.”
Irfan also has his future plans set as he wants to represent Pakistan for another four to five years.
“I listen to what my coaches say and I know that with the amount of cricket being played these days I need to plan my schedule properly and my international commitments accordingly,” he said.
The 7ft seamer also opened up about the tough period he experienced when being sidelined for 18 months after making his debut.
“I never thought I’d be able to play again for Pakistan,” he conceded. “People who I thought were close to me left me in that troubled period and that is where I got to know life.”