“Virat Kohli chale gayein? Rohit bhai ke saath selfie le liya, Kohli ka ik mil jaata,” the six feet six inches right-arm pacer’s grief was palpable while talking to PTI.
The Pakistan-born pacer, who has made Sydney his home for the past three years, was one of the highlights of the Indian team’s net session ahead of its T20 World Cup match against the Netherlands.
Bowling with a wrong foot action, Irfan Jr. looked like a right arm prototype of former international bowler Sohail Tanveer.
Due to his height, the 27-year-old’s natural height was back from good length area and he made the deliveries rise effortlessly.
Dinesh Karthik was upset with the bounce but he received praise from none other than captain Rohit and the team’s numero uno batsman Kohli.
He actually got Kohli to edge one and also beat his bat with deliveries that swung away.
“My natural height is a bit back from good height. So because of my height I struggle with all types of batsmen. When Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli praise you, what more do you need. Rohit bhai said, good luck to you future,” Irfan said.
He had a very interesting story to tell when he was bowling at the Australian nets some time ago.
“I bowled Steve Smith twice in the nets and he was not in good form. Since he couldn’t middle my bowling, he asked me not to bowl any further as he wanted to get his rhythm back,” Irfan said.
Mohammad Irfan Jr. (PTI photo)
Irfan is playing Degree Cricket for New South Wales’ Western Suburb District, awaiting his PR (Permanent Residency), which could ease his way into Australian first-class cricket (Sheffield shield).
“It’s a good experience but just to let you know, I played 22 first class matches for Water And Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and three seasons of Quaid e Azam Trophy. I played three editions of PSL for Lahore Qalandars, Played Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators.
“When I stopped getting chances in PSL, I migrated to Australia. Of course I dreamed of playing for Pakistan. I played for Pakistan A and with Babar Azam,” says the man, who is now a Big Bash League (BBL) wants to earn. contract.
A Punjabi born in Nankana Sahib (birthplace of Guru Nanak ji), Irfan wants to bring his family to Australia once his earnings increase.
“Yes, I get paid by my grade cricket team, but it’s not good money. I don’t do any side jobs. I just play cricket. That’s why when international teams land in Sydney, I land at the SCG to bowl. Next On Monday I would bowl nets at Pakistan,” he concluded.