Borde, who has been invited to witness the second and third (final) cricket Tests between India and Pakistan at Lahore and Rawalpindi by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, said that he and his colleagues had spotted Pathan, who was just 17-year-old then, after the lad had bowled intelligently in tandem with Zaheer Khan, who had already made it to the Indian team.
"It was quite clear even then that the lad would make it big in the near future but unfortunately there was no place for him in the Indian team at that time as the seamers' berths were already taken up by bowlers like Zaheer, Ashish (Nehra) and Ajit (Agarkar)," he added.
"However, with his recent performances in Australia and Pakistan, I can confidently say that India has not only found a hard working new ball bowler but also an all-rounder in the making," Borde said.
"Infact I was so impressed with the lad that we discussed his name for a long time when we (selectors) met to pick the side for India's next international engagement,"Borde added.
Praising India's performance so far on their 40-day tour of Pakistan, Borde said "I am very happy for the players as most of them had shown tremendous potential when we had picked them to represent the country and I am very proud of them as they are living upto the expectations".