Team India is currently in Australia involved in an intense four-match Test series. After losing the Adelaide Test, the team came back stunningly to win the Boxing Day Test in the absence of Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami. The likes of Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill who made their debut stepped up to take responsibility for the team.
Irfan Pathan, though he admitted that Virat Kohli’s absence is a huge loss, felt that this is a great chance for the youngsters to prove their mettle. The southpaw, who was the all-rounder himself during his playing days, was delighted to see the way the two debutants played in Melbourne and wished them luck in their respective careers.
“Virat not being there in any team is a huge loss and I wish him all the luck. Nothing is bigger than the family. In his absence, it is a great opportunity for the youngsters to put their hand up and take responsibility. I am really excited after seeing Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj making their debut as well. I know how it feels. Debut game in Australia, I have been there. It’s a great feeling and I wish them all the luck,” the 36-year-old added.
Favourite memory of playing in Australia
Irfan Pathan himself made his debut in Australia. The moment when he had castled Adam Gilchrist in one of the Test matches is still very fresh in fans’ memories. When asked about his favourite memory of playing Down Under, Irfan recalled the moment he made his Test debut for India and also termed the Perth Test and CB series win as special.
“My debut in Adelaide is my first memory. Me getting the Test cap from the captain Sourav Ganguly. Sachin Tendulkar being there at mid-on and mid-off giving me confidence. Talking to all the senior guys – Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman. But 2008 was very special when we won the VB series (CB tri-series). Australia has been a very good hunting ground for me. I really enjoyed playing there.
“I always felt that I bowled better in Australia than anywhere else. There are quite a few memories but top 3 would be – Debut, 2008, CB Series win and Winning the Perth Test match,” Irfan said.
Irfan Pathan’s T20I team of 2020
During the conversation, Irfan Pathan also picked the T20I team of the year 2020. He picked three Indian players, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah, in his XI while naming Kane Williamson as the skipper of the team. Irfan also named KL Rahul as the best T20 player of the year 2020 given the way he batted in the IPL and for India as well.
Here’s the whole interview:
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