32 Year old veteran all-rounder Irfan Pathan sent out a heartfelt message to his fans thanking them for the support they have given him even in the hardest of times after he remained unsold in the IPL 2017 Auctions held on 20th February in Bangalore.
It took the cricket fraternity by surprise when Pathan, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh could not find any bidders in the morning session of the auction. In the evening session too, franchises were reluctant to bid for him and eventually he went unsold despite having played 102 games in his IPL career.
In an emotional message Pathan spoke about his comeback from injury in 2010 and how his never-say-die attitude has always helped him to comeback.
“In 2010, I had undergone 5 fractures in my back. The physio had told to me that I might now be able to play cricket ever again and should rather give up on my dream. At that point of time I told him, I can bear any pain but cannot the bear the pain of not playing this beautiful game for my country.”
He last played for India in October 2012, featuring in a T20I against South Africa.
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— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 21, 2017
Irfan’s form has seen a gradual dip since last year and he can’t really blame anyone for not being bought. At the end of the IPL last year, Irfan was plagued by injuries which also resulted in a dip in form with both bat and ball. He performed well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in which he picked up five wickets in four games at an average of 17.6 and an economy rate of 6.28. However, with the bat, he managed just 32 runs in four games.
The combination of injuries, combined with loss of form in the domestic circuit, probably influenced the teams and that is the reason he went unsold.
Pathan will now have to soak this in and be persistent in his efforts at the domestic level. He can take motivation from Yuvraj Singh, who has had a successful comeback into the Indian Team with a century. His next focus would be the Vijay Hazare Tournament which could help him gain some form.