The fitness and longevity of Irfan Pathan who is player-cum-mentor of J&K team would be in focus during the Ranji trophy matches which are of four...
The fitness and longevity of Irfan Pathan who is player-cum-mentor of J&K team would be in focus during the Ranji trophy matches which are of four-day duration.
The questions about Irfan’s fitness have been raised every now and then in J&K cricket circles and in longer format of the game they would be tested to its full. On Thursday, during first day’s play against Rajasthan, Irfan opened the bowling for J&K and went on to bowl only 13 overs during whole day.
In comparison, veteran pacer of J&K, Muhammad Mudhasir bowled 23 overs while as another pacer Umar Nazir bowled 19. Rohit Sharma the fourth pacer in the team bowled only thirteen and was expensive. Parvez Rasool ended day after bowling 19 overs.
However, it is the bowling performance and longevity of IrfanPathan that were in focus during whole day. He opted to bowl with new ball and that meant he should have done bulk of the bowling. However, he ended with only 13. It is learnt that in Vijay Hazare one Day campaign, he used to take intermittent breaks during play.
“He is the star player in the side and he should lead from the front and take responsibility. He should not only bowl when bowl is new. If he is not fit enough he should take a break and give another player a chance. This is longer format of game and needs highest level of fitness and Pathan has not prove his fitness as a player ,” said a former player.
Excerpts Courtesy : https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/sports/ranji-trophy-day-1-bist-slams-unbeaten-146-as-hosts-rajasthan-punish-j-k/301733.html