Gujarat Lions have included Indian left-hand fast bowler Irfan Pathan in their squad for IPL 2017 season. He will replace injured Dwayne Bravo in the side who has been ruled out of this season due to the hamstring injury. Irfan Pathan did put his name in this year auction which took place in February but he failed to impress any franchise. So, he went unsold in the auction. But, now he has got the second chance to play in this season. He could be the guy that might turn things in the Gujarat Lions favour who has been struggling to win matches this season.
Gujarat Lions have struggled in this season as they have only managed to win only two games in this season so far. They have failed to perform well on the regular basis and one of the main reason for this consistent failure is their poor bowling performance. They lack the quality international bowler in their squad. The things got even worse when Bravo got injured before the start of the season. But, now they have found the substitute of Bravo in the form of one of the best left-hand fast bowler to ever play for India, Irfan Pathan.
Irfan Pathan last played a competitive cricket match during the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 for Baroda. He performed well in that tournament. Irfan Pathan has made 1137 runs from 102 IPL games that he has played so far at an average of 21.86 and a strike rate of 120. He also contributed with the ball as he has picked up 80 wickets at an economy rate of 7.84. In the last season, he played for Rising Pune Supergiant.
He might be the guy that will turn the season for Gujarat side. He has plenty of experience as he has been part of many close games. He also played all the three formats of the game. Since Gujarat have been struggling in their bowling department, Pathan could easily fit in their plans.
Pathan could bowl in the powerplay as he can swing the ball brilliantly and could also finish the inning as he can also bowl a good yorker. Irfan can also bat well and has proven this many time. There are many matches in which he has played some crucial knock to turn the game in the favour of his side.
Now, it remains to be seen that how Gujarat Lions go about this. But, it is most likely that he will get the chance to play in the match against RCB on 27th April.