He may not be in the frame for a return to Team India and not also part of the coming Indian Premier League season, but allrounder Irfan Pathan stays connected to his fans on microblogging site Twitter and on Tuesday asked cricket lovers a question: "What is the reason behind the rise of Indian cricket?"
The post expectedly received an overwhelming response as replies flooded in, soon crossing the 1000 mark.
Question for all the lovers of Indian cricket. What is the reason behind the rise of Indian cricket?
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 20, 2018
From John Wright to Sourav Ganguly to Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Gary Kirsten and Virat Kohli, the fans listed a plethora of reasons that have put India on top of the Test and ODI rankings.
Here are a few interesting responses to the post:
No fear of the opposition left because of IPL :) and fitness
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) February 20, 2018
>1.2bn people and no other sports that seriously compete for the best talent. When India has world class infrastructure and training methodology in place, as it is approaching now, long term dominance is sure to follow.
— Matt Dwyer (@DwyerMatt) February 20, 2018
Only the one an only @imVkohli king kohli
— virat Kohli (@ViratKo41183179) February 20, 2018
Only one person.@msdhoni
— bholu_30 (@mihir_zumare) February 20, 2018
— KOLLI ESWAR TEJA (@eswartejakolli) February 20, 2018
Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni & Virat Kohli
— Harsh Tegta (@HTegta) February 20, 2018
One and only SACHIN TENDULKAR
There will never be a another Sachin Tendulkar@sachin_rt
— Raijin Antony (@RaijinAntony) February 20, 2018
— Ankit (@AnkPurohit) February 20, 2018
Irfan has recently been offered the role of a player-cum-mentor by the Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA).