Mind your business is Pathan~~s message to critics

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Usually Irfan Pathan spits fire with the ball. But when his detractors, that includes some former players, start questioning his wicket taking ability following some modest performances on dead tracks, mind your own business is the unequivocal message from the pace ace.

The 'sultan of swing' was put under scanner after his 'below-par' show in the first two Tests of the recent Pakistan tour and questions were raised on everything from his grip to attitude.

However, Irfan hit back with vengeance in Karachi Test and made a history by taking a sensational first-over hat-trick and backed it up with good show in the ODIs.

''It is very easy to comment while sitting out but there should be a limit to every thing. People (former players) forget their own past (performances) and start commenting, more so when they are facing the camera,'' Pathan said in an interview to Aaj Tak.

The Baroda paceman also made it clear that no amount of criticism could affect his performance.

''There would always be criticism from fans and from other quarters but that doesn't bother me. What matters to me is the team, the selectors and the team management. They are always there for me and I take their advice whenever I face any difficulties.'' On the forthcoming series against England, Irfan said, ''I had not played much against them, especially the Test cricket but they are well acquainted to swing bowling.

It will not be an easy task, the ground reality will be known only when we face them in the field.'' On how he would counter Kevin Pieterson and Andrew Flintoff, he said, ''I have not made any game plan. In fact, it really doesn't matter to me as to who the opposition is. I just concentrate on hard work and giving my best.'' The 'allrounder' also made it clear that bowling was his first love.

''Bowling is my first priority but if needed, I will also try to bat to the best of my abilities. I try my level best to fulfil my team's expectations as a batsman as well.''

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