I'm a bowler who can bat as well: Irfan

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2007, 0:59 [IST]
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Chennai:Team India discard Irfan Pathan insists he does not want to be considered an all-rounder.

Australian legend Dennis Lillee is the latest to suggest the 22-year-old, who has a Test average of 27 runs with the bat and 30 for each of his 91 wickets with the ball, should divide his efforts between the disciplines.

But Baroda left-arm seamer Pathan, who is at MRF Pace Foundation working on his bowling to regain his rythm back, is focused solely on working the attack.

"I try to give my best in batting," he said. "As I said, it helped me become a good cricketer. But I don't want to be known as an all-rounder."

"I want to be known as a bowler, who can bat really well. Anyway, this has never burdened me. I enjoy batting too."

Pathan is going thro' a rather prolonged poor run with the ball, and was overlooked for the recently concluded one-day series against South Africa and the upcoming tour of England.

But he is hoping the problems in his action have now been rectified during the ensuing training at pace foundation.

"A lot of people have said not-so-nice things about me. I respect that," he added.

"But at the end of the day I'm the one who is going to bowl and play. So I think I am the best judge of myself. Obviously you need people to tell what's wrong and what is right. But what you think is also important."

"Everyone goes through these phases. I'm not the first one to go through this, nor will I be the last one. I got myself motivated by talking to my former gurus and my family members."

"When you play a lot of cricket, there's always the possibility of something going wrong with your action."

"In fact, even when I was bowling well, I had this thing in the back of my mind that something was wrong. But by the time I understood it, it was slightly late."

"Everything is going well. I'm working on my routines well. My fitness level is high. I am bowling well and even played a game in which I bowled 17 overs. I am feeling very positive now," he added.


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