Irfan Pathan, the fast bowler who has been out of the Indian team since January, believes that he has regained his rhythm and is confident of making a comeback to international cricket.
Pathan who has been training at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai for the past six days said that he had made some technical changes to his bowling. “I am back to my usual bowling rhythm,” Pathan said. “You see the light in my face. I am happy to come back to the Academy to take corrective measures.”
He felt he had lost his rhythm during India’s tour of Pakistan in 2005-06 and taking advice from too many experts did not help. “It took just two seconds for Sekar (the chief coach at the Academy) to tell me where I am going wrong. He worked on a few technical aspects of my bowling. From last Monday, I have been trying to make amends. I have been bowling with old, semi-old and new balls at the nets here,” the pacer said.
“Sekar will never have nice words but he is clear about what he says. Today, he told me that he was satisfied. I had to work hard to get back to the team by proving myself in the domestic circuit. I am oozing with confidence to play competitive cricket after my stint here,” he added. Pathan last played a Test in the West Indies in June 2006 and did not play a single match during India’s 2007 World Cup campaign.