Playing Test cricket again remains top priority for Irfan Pathan

Aug 16, 2012, 19:09 IST | PTI

The all-rounder who dreams of playing Test cricket wants to enjoy each and every small moment of success that comes his way.

After doing well in the recently concluded limited overs series in Sri Lanka, Irfan Pathan can't wait to get back into Test team which still remains his top priority. 

"I have my own set of dreams and playing Test cricket is certainly on top of that list. I want to perform well in the limited overs version so that when Test cricket comes calling, I am up and ready for it," Pathan, who is a part of India's ODI and T20 sqauds told PTI in an interview today.

The all-rounder, who was in wilderness for two years feels that he can now "enjoy each and every small moment of success" that comes his way.

Irfan Pathan

"After being out for two years due to injury, this is one thing I have learnt. I need to enjoy each and every small bit of success that comes my way. I have to seize happiness from each and every moment on cricket field,"

"I have realized that whatever has happened in the past is history and I can't afford to look too ahead towards future. But I can control my present and work hard to make things happen. That is exactly what I am trying to do. Grab each and every moment," the 27-year-old, who won two man-of-the-match awards said.

"A good delivery like the one that swung into Dilshan and I got him bowled in the T20 match is certainly satisfying but at the same time my innings of 34 not out is also equally significant as it was very important in the context of the match. These are little successes that I have started enjoying. It lifts your morale." 

The Lankan series has by far been the best one for Irfan where he got a five-for in one of the ODIs, had couple of cameos as well as a match-winning performance in the one-off T20.

On whether he has now cemented a place in the Indian team, he said, "You can never say you belong to a certain place. I believe that only if I perform, I will be a part of that dressing room. I will have to keep contributing in whatever little way I can."

Having played at the Premadasa Stadium during the ODIs, Pathan is confident that Team India will do well during the upcoming World T20 Championship starting from September 18. "We now have a fair idea about the Premadasa strip. It's a good batting wicket but obviously dew will be factor during the evening matches," Pathan assessed.

The cricketer, who is taking a short break, plans to travel to Bangalore to train at the NCA provided the weather in Baroda is not conducive for outdoor practice. 

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