IPL Performances Alone Should Not Guarantee World Cup Selection: Irfan Pathan

IPL Performances Alone Should Not Guarantee World Cup Selection: Irfan Pathan

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has emphasized the importance of considering a player's past contributions to the Indian team when selecting the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Pathan believes that standout performances in the ongoing IPL 2024 season should not automatically guarantee a spot in the team.

Pathan draws on his own experience as an example. Despite being injured and dropped from the team, he was eventually recalled due to his past contributions. He argues that the selection committee should adopt a similar approach, acknowledging the value of experience and not solely relying on recent IPL performances.

Pathan highlights the challenges of international cricket, where players face top-quality bowlers like Mitchell Starc and Pathirana. He believes that experienced bowlers with a proven track record should be prioritized over uncapped bowlers who may perform well in the IPL's smaller grounds and flatter pitches.

While acknowledging the potential of young players, Pathan cautions against overlooking the importance of experience, especially in the slow conditions of the West Indies and the unknown element of the USA pitches. He cites the 2007 T20 World Cup victory as an example, where India's success was built on a core of experienced players.

Pathan concludes by emphasizing the need for vigilance in selecting the squad for the upcoming World Cup. He believes that the slowness of the game in the West Indies demands experienced players who can handle the pressure and adapt to the conditions.

Tags: #IPL2024, #T20WorldCup, #IrfanPathan, #TeamSelection, #ExperienceVsYouth

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