Pakistan’s pacer Mohammad Irfan has recalled how Gautam Gambhir’s was discomfort while facing him during 2012 series literally finished the Indian opener.
Irfan dismissed Gambhir four times during that limited overs series,”When I played against India,they were not comfortable batting against me.Some of them told me in the 2012 series in India that they couldn’t sight my ball properly because of my height and also didn’t read my pace,” Irfan told SAMAA TV.
Irfan claimed that it was that particular series that ended Gambhir’s career.The Indian opener had got out twice in the ODIs to Irfan during that series which the hosts won 2-1.
“Gautam Gambhir was afraid of me.I think his career ended because of me.He didn’t return to the team after that.
“He didn’t like to face me in match or when both teams had nets,I always felt he avoided eye to eye contact with me.I remember I got out him three times in the 2012 limited over series and he was unnerved against me,”Irfan said.
To a question, Irfan said he wouldn’t say anyone was “scared of him” but when he went out,people congratulated him for ending Gambhir’s white ball career.
He recalled in the interview that Virat Kohli had told him while batting against him,that he didn’t read his pace properly.
“He told me he thought I would be around 130-135 kph but I had increased my pace and I was bowling around 145 kph and he had problems picking me up.Once when he was batting he tried to pull a good length ball and missed.
“Yuvraj Singh,who was at the other end told him in Punjabi.Don’t try to pull him,rather try to cut him.Off my third ball, he went for a pull and was caught behind. Yuvi Paji told him… now go back,” Irfan recalled.