Confident Irfan Pathan is taking inspiration from Ashish Nehra

Veteran cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh have also made a comeback into the national team.

Confident Irfan Pathan is taking inspiration from Ashish Nehra

New Delhi: It seems that discarded Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan is taking inspiration from ageing speedster Ashish Nehara, who has recently made a come-back in international cricket after a gap of almost four years.

While talking to Hindustan Times, the veteran Vadodara cricketer said: “My job is to play cricket and taking wickets is what keeps me motivated. I am happy with the way I am bowling now and I have regained my confidence.

“In my last match I caught Sanju Samson in front (LBW) – this only happens if I am bowling well. I am happy that my hard work is reflecting in my performance. But I think I have still a lot to offer. If Ashish Nehra can make a comeback at the age of 36, I am only 31.”

Highest wicket taker in the on-going Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy thus far, Pathan is also content with his current form.

“I am enjoying my cricket and that is something I want to keep doing. My batting is also going as well. I have a strike rate of 150. So yes everything is going well for me this season. But obviously who plays first class cricket, wants to represent their country and I am no different,” added the 31-year-old.

Apart from Nehra, many other cricketers have made a comeback into the national team of late, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh are also among them.