'He avoided eye-to-eye contact with me': Pakistan's Irfan claims he ended Gautam Gambhir's white-ball career
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Former Pakistan fast bowler Muhammad has claimed that had he literally ended Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir's career in white-ball cricket. The 7 feet 1 inch tall, Irfan dismissed Gambhir on four occasions during the 2012 bilateral series between India and Pakistan. Gautam played just one more white ball series versus England in 2013 before he was dropped out from limited-overs team India squad and never picked in white-ball format again.
Irfan said that when he first played against India, they were uncomfortable batting against him. Some of them during the 2012 series even revealed that they couldn't read his pace and sight his ball properly owing to his height.
The 37-year-old claimed that it was the particular series that ended Gambhir's white-ball career. "He (Gambhir) didn't like to face me in the match or when both teams had nets, I always felt he avoided eye to eye contact with me. I remember I got him out four times in 2012 limited over series and he was unnerved against me," Irfan was quoted as saying by PTI.
Gambhir last featured in a T20I against Pakistan Ahmedabad in 2012.
Answering a question, Irfan said that people congratulated him for ending Gambhir's limited over career. He also recalled an interview when India skipper Virat Kohli said he didn't read his pace properly.
The Pakistani pacer said that he told him that his speed was around 145 kmph and he had difficulty picking his deliveries. He recalled how once he dismissed him when he tried to pull a good length ball and missed completely despite Yuvraj constantly telling Kohli to pull him and rather try to cut him. He didn't listen to Yuvraj and pulled him during the third delivery and got caught.
Irfan has featured in 60 ODIs, 20 T20Is and four tests for Pakistan in his career spanning six years.
(with PTI inputs)
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