October 22, 2019 | 11:47 PM IST
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Pak’s Mohd Irfan claims smashing Gautam Gambhir’s white-ball career

Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan recalling the 2012 series claimed that he was responsible for bringing Gautam Gambhir’s professional career to an end and the Indian team were uncomfortable playing against him.
Irfan said that he dismissed Gambhir four times during that limited over series (T20s and ODIs) and the southpaw played only one more white-ball series for India against England before being dropped.

The 7-feet 1-inch tall fast baller said, “Gambhir did not like to face me in a match or when both teams had nets. I always feel he avoided eye-to-eye contact with me. I remember I got him out four times in 2012 limited over series and he was unnerving against me.”
 He added that people have been congratulating him for ending Gautam Gambhir’s white-ball career.

Speaking about the Indian team, the Pakistani cricketer said, “They were not comfortable batting against me. Some of them told me in the 2012 series in India that they couldn’t sight my ball properly because of my height and were not able to read my pace either.”
Also commenting about Indian captain Virat Kohli, he said, “He told me he thought I would be around 130-135 kph, but I was bowling around 145 kph and he had problems picking me up. Once when he was batting, he tried to pull a good length ball and missed it.”
Irfan also said that once Kohli threw away his wicket against the Pakistani pacer while trying to play pull shots.

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