New Delhi: Former India fast bowler Irfan Pathan revealed that Sourav Ganguly did not want to take him on the 2003-04 Australian tour. Sourav Ganguly was the captain of Team India at that time, who was not in favor of taking Irfan Pathan to Australia.
Ganguly did not want Pathan to come in front of Gilchrist-Ponting
Irfan Pathan had told in an interview to ‘Sports Tak’ that Sourav Ganguly did not want to see him play in front of the World Champion Australian team in 2003-04. In the Kangaroo team, any new bowler was like a victim in front of players like Gilchrist-Ponting. So Sourav Ganguly was not in favor of taking Irfan Pathan.
Dada said this to Irfan
Irfan Pathan told about the conversation between him and Ganguly. Pathan said, ‘I remember grandfather told me that Irfan you know that I did not want to take you to Australia. I refused to take you to the selection committee meeting.
Career could get in trouble
Dada told Irfan, ‘Because I did not want to take the 19-year-old boy on this difficult tour, but when I saw you, I was convinced that you would perform well.’ Irfan said, ‘Sourav Ganguly supported me a lot. Dada supported me throughout my career. If Ganguly felt that a cricketer is giving the best for the team, then he used to support him.
Debut chance for Pathan
Let us tell you that Irfan Pathan got a chance to debut during the 2003-04 Australian tour of India. He made his debut in the Adelaide Test. He got only one wicket in the debut test. Irfan Pathan took a total of 4 wickets in two test matches on this tour. On the Australian tour of 2003-04, under the captaincy of Team India’s Sourav Ganguly, the four-Test series was drawn 1-1.