Off-of-favour left-arm Pacer Mohammad Irfan claimed the distinct discomfort of Gautam Gambhir while facing him during the 2012 bilateral series practically finished the white-ball career of the Indian opener.
Introduced at 7 ft 1 inch, Irfan defeated Gambhir four times throughout that mini-series of overs (T20s and ODIs) and the left-handed only played once more white-ball series for India (Vs England) while falling.
“When I played against India, 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 also didn’t read my pace,” Irfan said.
Irfan claimed that it was that particular series that ended Gambhir’s career.
“He (Gambhir) didn’t like to face me in Match or when both teams had nets, I always felt he avoided eye contact with me. I remember I got out him four times in 2012 limited over series and he was unnerved against me,” Irfan said.
In that series, Gambhir played his last T20 against Pakistan in India at Ahmedabad.
Since facing Pakistan in the winter of 2012/2013, he only played in just one more ODI series against England and was never again selected by India in white-ball format.
To a question, Irfan said he wouldn’t say anyone was “scared of him” but when he went out, he was congratulated by people for Gambhir’s white-ball career-ending.
In an interview, he recalled a moment where at the time of batting against him, Virat Kohli told that his pace hadn’t read by him properly.
“He told me he thought I would be around 130-135 kph but I had increased my pace and 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.
“Yuvraj (Singh), who was at the other end told him in Punjabi. Don’t try to pull him, rather try to cut him. Off my third ball, he went for a pull and was caught behind. Yuvi Paji told him… now go back,” Irfan recalled.
Indian fans took to social media in response to Irfan’s allegations and trolled the Pakistan Pace guy. #Gautam Gambhir also started trending on Twitter with funny memes and answers.