View Full Version : Irfan Pathan and Mashrafe Mortaza friends?

May 18, 2009, 07:19 AM
This article came up in the official website of IPL:

I drew from Rohit's attack on Mortaza: Irfan Pathan

Rakesh Ahuja

JOHANNESBURG: Several years ago, Irfan Pathan and Mashrafe Mortaza spent time together training at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. They became close friends and the bond was strengthened over the years as they keep meeting one other over the years on the sidelines of international contests.

But in the past 48 hours the found one more common cause: Rohit Sharma. In less than 20 hours, the young Deccan Chargers vice-captain played two cameos to light up the final week of DLF Indian Premier League. And the two friends Irfan and Mortazan were at the receiving end on either occasion.

Irfan sat up and saw his friend Mortaza being taken apart by Rohit Sharma. The young batsman smashed 26 runs off Mortaza's final over of the match and scripted a remarkable win. Irfan was glued to the television, egging his friend on.

"Actually there were six guys from my team in my room, we wanted Kolkata Knight Riders to win, because it would have helped us. At the same time we knew that they were not winning, so wanted them to win as well. And Mashrafe was unlucky as well," Irfan Pathan said an interview to iplt20.com .

"It wasn't his fault that the first ball was ruled a no-ball," he said. "I don't know if it was the captain or maybe the fielder's fault, only three fielders were inside. It wouldn't have gone for a boundary. They would have won it. Definitely I felt for him, because I knew how difficult it is, when you don't play throughout the season and then suddenly you play in one game. Batsmen like Gilly and Symonds go after you, you can't do much."

Having been through several situations like this in his career, Irfan could not help but sympathise with his friend. "Definitely I felt for him but it happens in cricket. I haven't got a chance to speak to him after that. It's better to sometimes leave people alone, when they are down. I couldn't meet him though."

But as luck would have it, Irfan was at the receiving end. And this time, Irfan felt his task was tougher but he was ready. "They (Deccan) needed only 11 or 12 runs. Obviously I knew I am going to bowl the last over. That's the whole thing. Brett Lee and I bowl the last overs which are very crucial. I thought Lee would not have gone for runs but it happens in cricket. He went for one six and one four. I thought maybe I might have to bowl if they needed 16 or something runs. It wasn't the case they needed 11 or 12 runs off the last over. Obviously the pressure was there."

Then it was strategy time, captain Yuvraj Singh, vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara got into a huddle with Irfan and they planned as quickly as possible. "We talked about some strategy according to pitch what we needed to do. We needed to have more variations in terms of slower ones. We knew Rohit played yorkers very well. He really went for the yorkers that were slightly off-line. Like the full tosses, he hit sixes big time. We knew that we don't need to bowl yorkers all the time, maybe one odd ball and bowl a lot of slower ones."

But Rohit Sharma was batting like a dream now, he picked out a couple of runs by playing it down the ground. Then came the shot which probably swung the match in Deccan' Chargers' favour. He scooped the ball over the short third-man to help himself to a boundary.

"In a way I thought its easy thing for them now, after that they needed five runs off four balls. Then again I bowled a wide. The equation just kept getting close. When Rohit hit that boundary I thought there should be a miracle now. And it happened, I bowled a slower ball and Rohit got out."

It just became simpler from thereon, RP Singh skyed one to Irfan and the bowler knew the game was in the bag. Off the last ball, Ryan Harris played a ball towards sweeper cover but did not run for the third one. It was a bit surprising that Harris did not attempt more than two runs when three were required to tie the game. But Irfan was not surprised by the turn of events. "The non-striker was going for the third but one of them would have been run out," he said.

Anyways Harris' folly gave Irfan a chance to jump, rejoice and shout for the win they achieved. "I was a on a high. For 15 minutes I lay there on the ground. I was so happy talking to whoever came to me, talking to fans. I am telling you even if somebody would have come and slapped me, I would not have realised. I had the same feeling when we won the ICC World Twenty20. Obviously winning a game in IPL is not the same as winning a World Cup but it felt pretty similar."

Source: http://www.iplt20.com/I-drew-from-Rohit-attack-on-Mortaza-Irfan-Pathan.shtml

Wow didnt know that. Finally someone defending Mortaza's IPL performance :P

May 18, 2009, 08:40 AM
Yeah i read that a few hours ago. It;s good that many people recognise Mortaza has a good friend

May 18, 2009, 09:10 AM
we could easily see the difference between mashrafe and irfan. they both are same aged but look how mature irfan is ! Sorry to say, mashrafe didnt develope himself as a matured and brave bowler. he always feel the pressure whereas he should put the pressure on batsman. mashrafe is becoming very predictable...when he balls slower, he does tht at stretch...again..when he wants to ball yorker..he tries in every ball ! but irfan mixed his deliveries and the result is shown ! mashrafe couldnt miss a single delivery to rohit sharma...thts vry dissapointing !

May 18, 2009, 10:00 AM
Kolkata getting beatings again :D

Chennai 59 from 6.1 overs so far.

May 18, 2009, 10:37 AM
Kolkata getting beatings again :D

Chennai 59 from 6.1 overs so far.

aieta ar notun ki...i hope mashrafee gets a better team next year..

May 18, 2009, 10:52 AM
when mash was in a training facility in india (long time ago) they used to be roommates and friends ever since.

May 18, 2009, 11:04 AM
i knew that since 2004 that mash and irfan is friend............and also Y.Sinhgh is friend of mash as well:D

May 18, 2009, 06:26 PM
yuvraj wanted mash for punjab remember

May 18, 2009, 07:42 PM

They were friends since they were in the MRF Pace Camp all those years ago

bujhee kom
May 18, 2009, 08:12 PM
Mash seems like a good friend to have...he seems like a loyal friend type..and thank you Cricman da for the photo above! Irfan and Mash look happy and cheerful/joyful together! Allah bless Irfan, Mash and Yuvaraj Singh and their friendship!

May 18, 2009, 09:06 PM
yuvraj wanted mash for punjab remember

mashrafee would have played instead of Yousuf Abdullah!!!

May 18, 2009, 11:49 PM
KKR did have a strange and biased strategy...after buying him at a high price.. a lot of misplaced faith shown on him in the only game he played, after sitting for 11.

They didn't help him build his confidence in the first place (by not playing in the initial games) and then suddenly let him bowl the 18th and 20th over..bizarre indeed.

May 19, 2009, 02:14 AM
Good words from Irfan...

May 19, 2009, 02:39 AM
If a comparison is to be made, I would choose Mash over Irfan Pathan. He is mismanaged in the IPL.

May 19, 2009, 03:27 AM
ya when i was seeing the auction live, i was so hoping that Mashrafe would go to Punjab! They couldnt thanks to Kolkata, and Punjab took Jerome Taylor instead, who got injured. Then they took Yusuf Abdulla, and look at his IPL season! 13/14 wickets i think. If only Mashrafe had gone to Punjab we wouldve seen him play so much moree! :(

May 19, 2009, 11:32 AM
It was from one fast bowler to another. Surely they understand each other's cause.
Them being good friends is a old story.

May 20, 2009, 02:06 AM
Thats nice words from irfan... I actually didn't know they were friends :S yes, I know I'm a bit slow !