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My Test comeback is not far away, says Irfan Pathan

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Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 15:04 [IST]
 
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Bangalore, Aug 20: Fit-again Irfan Pathan feels his comeback to the Indian Test team is "not far away" as he hopes to push his case by performing well in a lot of local tournaments and Ranji Trophy this season.

Left-handed Irfan, who was part of India's Champions Trophy winning squad in England in June but did not get a single game, was ruled out of the team's next assignment - the tri-series in the Caribbean due to a hamstring injury. Now, the Baroda player is fit to take the field.

'My Test comeback is not far away'

"I am fit. I was in NCA to sort out all issues related to my fitness. I will be playing all the domestic games and I will be available for national selection," Irfan was quoted as saying in "Deccan Chronicle" on Tuesday.

On his comeback to the Indian Test team, the 28-year-old said: "Playing Tests has always been my dream. I think my Test comeback is not far away. I'm going to play in a lot of local tournaments in Hyderabad as well as at home before the Ranji Trophy. I have a plan and want to follow it."

Irfan said he wanted to prove himself as an all-rounder for Baroda. "I want to prove myself as an all-rounder and win matches for my state. I have always felt that an all-rounder in top form is an asset for any team," he said.

When queried about Virat Kohli's captaincy, Irfan termed the Delhi batsman as "aggressive" leader. "He is an aggressive captain. He gave a good account of himself in Zimbabwe as well in the West Indies."

"Wasim Akram, Kapil Dev and VVS Laxman are my heroes. I admire Laxman a lot. He is a great character and one of the loveliest persons. As a cricketer also, Laxman is a role model," Irfan said when asked about his role models.

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