Irfan Pathan Turns As Coach And Mentor For Jammu And Kashmir
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Former Indian fast bowler and all-rounder Irfan Pathan has taken a new role as coach and mentor for Jammu and Kashmir. The left-handed fast bowler is well known for his stint during India’s tour of Australia (2003-2004), and Pakistan (2006). Under the captaincy of former skipper Sourav Ganguly, Irfan Pathan turned out to be one of the leading pacers in the team.
Irfan Pathan is the first Indian pacer to pick up a hat-trick in Test Match cricket. He achieved the feat against Pakistan. Many believe that ‘lack of self-belief’ is what has ended his career. After hearing to advice from ‘gurus’, the left-arm quickie not only lost few yards of pace, but also his control on the swing. Under Greg Chapel, he was made as an all-rounder, thereby losing focus on his bowling. What followed was just a formality.
The Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association appointed Irfan Pathan as coach-cum-mentor for the J&K cricket team. Irfan played 29 tests (54 innings) and picked up 100 wickets. In ODIs, he took 173 wickets in 120 matches (118 innings).He scored 1544 runs at an average of 23.39 in ODIs, and 1105 runs at an average of 31.57 in Tests.