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Irfan Pathan reveals 'most important cricketer' of Team India

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Sep 4, 2019, 3:21 pm IST
Updated Sep 4, 2019, 3:35 pm IST
Pathan is now the mentor-cum-coach of the Jammu and Kashmir cricket team besides doing commentary.
Irfan Pathan (Photo: AFP)
 Irfan Pathan (Photo: AFP)

Mumbai: Speedster Jasprit Bumrah grabbed headlines after becoming only the third Indian to grab a Test hat-trick in the second Test against Windies in Jamaica.

Former Indian cricketer, Irfan Pathan, who was the second Indian after spinner Harbhajan Singh to claim a hat-trick in Test cricket, called fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah the "most important cricketer" in the Indian cricket team.

 

Bumrah scalped 13 wickets in two Tests against Windies to steer India to a comprehensive 2-0 series win, guiding the team to acquire the top position in the World Test Championship table.

Pathan is now the mentor-cum-coach of the Jammu and Kashmir cricket team besides doing commentary.

"I really believe that he is the most important cricketer in the team," Irfan Pathan told IANS.

"When Bumrah is not playing for India, it's a bigger loss than anybody else. He is such an important part of the team. Indian cricket is blessed to have a guy like him," said Pathan.

"India needs to look after him. He is kind of bowler who can be successful in all three formats of the game," he added.

"I am pretty sure that this won't be his last hat-trick," said Irfan who scalped 301 wickets across formats.

"It is out of the world feeling. You know that it doesn't happen regularly," said Pathan regarding how he felt after taking his hat-trick against Pakistan.

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