West Zone pacer Irfan Pathan celebrates after dismissing North Zone opener Shikhar Dhawan in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Inter-Zonal Twenty20 cricket tournament. Pathan took 3-10. Pic/SURESH KARKERA
The Indian Premier League (IPL) Players Auction in Bangalore on Monday threw up a big surprise when former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan remained unsold. This despite his base price being Rs 50 lakhs and the auctioneer pulling out the Baroda lad's name twice. But no franchise showed any interest.
Irfan, who was with the Rising Pune Supergiants in the previous edition, has been in fine form off late.
The former India all-rounder and his wife Safa Baig become proud parents to a baby boy on December 20, 2016.
The 32-year-old cricketer missed a majority of the last domestic season due to injuries. But he performed admirably in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali in which he picked up five wickets in four games with an economy rate of 6.28. His best show against North Zone saw him take the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, and Yuvraj Singh. He had figures of 3/10 from his 4 overs. He has also lead Baroda in the Zonal T20 tournament and was the only Baroda cricketer along with Deepak Hooda to be picked in the West Zone XI.
Irfan has been short-changed in the previous IPL editions as well. He was on the Chennai Super Kings bench for the entire 2015 season and got 4 matches for the Pune Rising Supergiants (Supergiant now).
Irfan responded to the IPL Auction snub and the resultant outpouring of support for him on Twitter by sharing an emotional message with his fans on the micro blogging site that will sure to leave you teary-eyed.
He posted, "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."
Promising to fight back and to not give up on his career, he said, "I worked hard and not only played cricket again but made a come back to the India team. I have faced many obstacles in my career and life but never gave up, that’s the character I have and will possess."
HERE'S HIS POST:
To all my fans ð pic.twitter.com/jQaMbjPNTe— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 21, 2017
THIS IS HOW PEOPLE REACTED TO HIS LETTER:
@IrfanPathan Heartbreaking!— Jafar Haand (@jafarhaand) February 21, 2017
@IrfanPathan even In this situation you are thinking about ur fans. No one in this world could ever be able to match u I can proudly say dat— Just Sahida â¡ (@SahidaLoveIrfan) February 21, 2017
@IrfanPathan you are always in our heart because you are true person . you will comeback with the bang.(Rutuja)— Irfan Pathan (@FcIrfanpathan) February 21, 2017
@IrfanPathan we love u n will always support u whether u play or not.Watching u play is the best thing n inshallah u will play 4 India soon— HUDA KHAN (@HUDA_KHAN03) February 21, 2017
THIS IS HOW HIS FANS REACTED TO HIS SNUB: