Irfan Pathan was one of the big names to go unsold in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction which took place in Bengaluru on Monday, but the 32-year old all-rounder is not ready to give up on his career.
Pathan, who has played for a number of IPL teams overs the years, took to Twitter to share a very emotional message with his fans and followers. Talking about the challenges he has faced in his career, Irfan Pathan wrote:
“In 2010, I had undergone 5 fractures in my back. The physio had told to me that I might now be able to play cricket ever again and should rather give up on my dream. At that point of time I told him, I can bear any pain but cannot the bear the pain of not playing this beautiful game for my country.”
The Gujarat cricketer was clearly hurt after being overlooked by the IPL franchises, but he promised to fight back and to not give up on his career.
“I worked hard and not only played cricket again but made a come back to the India team. I have faced many obstacles in my career and life but never gave up, that’s the character I have and will possess.”
To all my fans 😊 pic.twitter.com/jQaMbjPNTe— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 21, 2017
Pathan missed a majority of last season due to injuries, but he had a good run in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in which he picked up five wickets in four games with an economy rate of 6.28.
With a base price of Rs 50 lakhs, Irfan Pathan could have been picked. However, the combination of injuries, combined with loss of form in the domestic circuit probably influenced the teams and that can be the reason why he went unsold.