Mumbai, Mar 10: Ignored for Test cricket for nearly five years, Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has vowed to make a comeback in the highest form of the game sooner or later.
"Not playing Test cricket for so many years is a different thing, but now I know I can play Test cricket again. I have made a promise to myself and I will fulfil that dream," Pathan said at the Cricket Club of India.
The 28-year-old, who raised visions of Kapil Dev earlier in his stop-start international career before injuries and poor form took their toll, said he his critics wrong in the past after being dropped from the ODI team.
"Three years ago a lot of people said I am not going to play international cricket ever again. But I knew I am going to play it again. I started playing first class cricket and made my comeback in Australia (in T20s and ODIs on 2011-12 tour) even though everyone had written me off," said Pathan.
"I am working towards my goal and I am pretty sure it's going to happen sooner or later. Only one man can stop me from playing Test cricket - obviously there's selection but that's a different thing - and that's me if I don't work towards my goal," he said confidently.
The left-arm swing bowler, who has not played any competitive cricket since hurting his left knee during the Ranji Trophy game against Karnataka in early November, said he has fully recovered and was all set to return to action during the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.
"I am fit now and available to play any level of cricket. I will play Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Baroda. Luckily it was not my front foot (landing) that was injured following the impact after my fall. It's all clear now and my bowling is back to normal," he said.
"When I was injured I was pretty close to playing Test cricket. I was feeling like I was knocking the door because I was there in the India A practice game against England. I was feeling really good and was doing well in one-day cricket."