Mumbai: Former India allrounder Irfan Pathan has revealed his father received upset as soon as at Pakistani legend Javed Miandad for his feedback on the quick bowler.
Through the India tour of Pakistan in 2003-04, Miandad, who was the coach of Pakistan then, had mentioned that bowlers like Pathan will be discovered on any avenue in Pakistan. The comment left Irfan’s father displeased and he wished to satisfy Miandad within the dressing room after the Take a look at sequence was over.
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“I remember Javed Miandad saying something like bowlers like Pathan are there in every street of Pakistan. My father, I remember, reading that news, he didn’t like it at all. I remember in the last game as well, he came to Pakistan, he came to me and said ‘I want to go to the dressing room of Pakistan and meet Javed Miandad’ and I said ‘I don’t want you to go there’.”
“As soon as Miandad saw my father, he stood up and said, ‘no I didn’t say anything about your son. My father had a smirk on his face and said, ‘I didn’t come here to say anything to you. I wanted to meet you as you were a wonderful player’,” mentioned Irfan Pathan on Star Sports activities’ present Cricket Linked.
The Sourav Ganguly-led aspect gained the Checks 2-1 and the ODIs 3-2. Speaking about his expertise of touring Pakistan, Irfan mentioned he was actually happy with the hospitality of the neighbours. “The food, the cricket the dressing room stories, Sachin paaji asking me to sing a song after winning the series and small little things and the whole team was playing like a unit, it was wonderful,” Irfan added.
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Former India pacer Ashish Nehra additionally spoke concerning the sequence. “Those six weeks he was hitting sixes left right and centre there was no doubt about it. Virender Sehwag triple hundred, Rahul Dravid double hundred, Irfan Pathan performance, all that is there but to be off the field, Pakistan, the nation as a whole and Lakshmipathy Balaji in the dressing room,” mentioned Nehra.
“I still remember Javed Miandad inviting all of us to his house and that food in his house was amazing, I still remember it,” Nehra added.