Former Indian team all-rounder Irfan Pathan has given a big statement about his debut. According to Irfan, the team captain Sourav Ganguly did not want to take him on the same tour on a tour of Australia where he had made his mark at just 19 years of age.
During an interview, Irfan revealed how Sourav Ganguly himself had told him that he did not want Irfan to be part of the team for the tour of Australia.
Saurav did not trust the 19-year-old Pathan
In a news show, Pathan (Irfan Pathan), remembering his first foreign tour, said that playing that series at the age of 19 was a big deal for him. He said, ‘Sourav Ganguly came to me after the tour and he said, Irfan you don’t know, I didn’t want to bring you on this tour. I refused to take you to the team meeting. Till then I had not seen you bowling. I thought it is not right to take a 19 year old boy on this difficult tour. However when I saw you bowling, I was convinced that you would do well. ‘Irfan Pathan’s first Test wicket was Matthew Hayden during the 2003 Australian tour. All Australian players were stunned by Pathan’s swing bowling.
Irfan got Dada’s support
Irfan further said that Dada supported me throughout my career. He said, ‘One special thing about Dada was that he fully supported any player he liked. If he felt that a player was doing well, then he would definitely back it up. When the Captain comes to you and says so, you get a lot of confidence. In this way, respect for your captain also increases in your eyes. ‘Irfan Pathan played 300 wickets in all three formats in his career. Earlier this year, he gave up his international career.