Bangalore: India discard Irfan Pathan on Monday said that he was working hard on his fitness and hoped to perform well for Baroda in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, starting February 27.
"I have been working with my physio on good programmes. I am fit and played three Ranji matches for Baroda this season. I pray to God that I stay fit in the upcoming domestic one-day matches," Pathan told reporters at a promotional event in Bangalore.
Irfan Pathan. File Pic
Baroda will take on Mumbai in their opening game on February 27.
Pathan said that conferring Bharat Ratna on Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar will inspire other sportspersons to strive for country's highest civilian award.
"This (awarding Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar) will inspire and motivate rest of the sportspersons to achieve India's highest civilian award," the all-rounder said.
"How much ever you cherish Sachin's achievements, it is too less a praise," he added.
Former India wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani, who was also present at the event, said it is a very proud feeling for all cricketers as one among them is being honoured with the coveted award.
"I wish Sachin and rest of the sports persons, who are doing yeomen service to their country, the very best of luck," Kirmani said.