Speedster Irfan Pathan today said his non-inclusion
in Team India for next month's Champions Trophy in South Africa
threw a major challenge and vowed to return soon with better
''I believe in
myself and am sure to return with a bang so that I will not be
dropped as long I maintain my performance at top level cricket,''
the all rounder said listing his achievement in this year's IPL with
17 wickets and over 200 runs in South Africa.
''I have achieved
many things within my age of 23 and my non-inclusion in the Indian
team is both dissappointing and challenging. I believe the selectors
wanted me to perform better and I will do exactly that in coming
games,'' the left-arm medium pacer said.
Irfan said he was
basically a bowler and concentrated more on that and at the same
time do better in batting. ''In fact I like to prove myself as a
good allrounder,'' he said.
rejected any suggestion that the BCCI's selection inclined on lobby
support and said the best players get priority in the selction
process. He stressed the need for having a top level performance as
that was the only criterion to get in the Indian squad.
He said his
bowling speed remained more or less the same as plus 130 kmph now
since his debut in 2004 in Australia. But most important was to have
wickets. ''It is hardly a matter if you have pace or not. What is
important is to have wicket first as a bowler,'' he said.
Irfan, who was
here with his elder brother Yusuf as both are brand ambassadors of
Tata Indicom to campaign a project of Photo+Mobile Broadband
service, said he was keen to learn from Pakistan's former captain
and fast bowler Wasim Akram.
Replying to a
query of an offer from former Pakistani bowler, now a cricket
commentator, Irfan Pathan said, ''Whenever Wasim Akram visits India
I will love to take advice from him.'' On World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA) regualtions on cricketers in India, Irfan said there was none
here who were against the regime but the Board of Control of Cricket
of India was now currently handling the situation. He said whatever
the BCCI decided on WADA the players would take them in order.