Lanka tour ahead of World T20 to help India: Irfan

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Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2012, 9:26 [IST]
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SL tour, a new start for Irfan Pathan

Mumbai, Jul 14: India's all-rounder, Irfan Pathan pleased to be back in the side after Karnataka pacer Vinay Kumar was ruled out of the Sri Lankan tour due to an injury has said that he wants to make his presence felt and utilise the opportunity to cement his place in the team.

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"I am very happy with my selection in the team and I want to make good use of this opportunity but it's very unfortunate for Vinay Kumar," he said here on sidelines of launch of T20 World Cup trophy.

According to the statement issued by BCCI, the Karnataka pacer suffered a hamstring injury which ruled him out of the tour of Sri Lanka, is expected to be fit in three weeks.

"R. Vinay Kumar suffered a Grade I right hamstring injury while training on 12th July, 2012. He will hence not be available for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka. He is expected to regain match-fitness in three weeks," BCCI said in a statement.

Talking about his bowling, Irfan said he has been doing a decent job as he has picked 13 wickets off eight matches.

"In terms of bowling, I have been doing a decent job. On my comeback, I have played eight matches and took 13 wickets. It is not only about wickets but also about overall performance, and I am happy with way I have bowled."

The left-arm pacer also added that playing in Sri Lanka was an added advantage as the ICC World T20 that is scheduled to be played in the month of September will also be held at Sri Lanka.

"Playing now in Sri Lanka will be an advantage because the T20 Cup will also be played there; so we will get a chance to get used to the conditions as the gap between the two tournament will hardly be of a month," Irfan said.


Story first published:  Saturday, July 14, 2012, 9:21 [IST]
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