New Delhi: He was considered the next big thing in Indian cricket`s pace reserves but after spending nearly two and a half years in wilderness, Irfan Pathan says he has finally realised his limitations as a bowler.
After scalping 100 and 154 wickets from 29 Tests and 108 ODIs respectively, Irfan had to sit out of the Indian team for a long period because of a dip in form and pace.
But by virtue of his 21 wickets in four Ranji Trophy games, including three five-fors, he recently made a comeback to the Indian ODI team and also played the last game of the five-match series against the West Indies in Chennai
"I am happy about my comeback after two and a half years. The way my form is going at present I am hoping to do well in whatever match I get to play," Irfan told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event here.
Asked about the changes he has made in his bowling to revive his career, Irfan said, "I was never an out and out pace bowler. I now know my limitations after all the problems I went through."
"I am now concentrating more on my limitations because at the end of the day what is important is performance," added the left-arm pacer whose forte has always been swing bowling.
"The most important thing was to play as many matches this season. Whatever match I get, I won`t leave it."
In his comeback game against the West Indies in Chennai last month, Irfan spearheaded the Indian attack in the absence of Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav and picked up two wickets giving away 42 runs.