Irfan Pathan has revealed that many cricketers in their team were jealous of him. He revealed this in an event. He said when he was sent to number 3 for batting then some players disliked this decision. Irfan Pathan was one of the top all-rounders of India. As a bowler, he soon established himself as a match-winner.
Irfan Pathan said that but Sachin always encouraged him. He used to praise him while practice sessions. He once said to me,
“I have never seen a swing bowler like you.”
Sachin was a motivator. About current all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, Irfan said, “I got promoted as a batsman in the team when I was already an established player. Whereas, Hardik got its promotion early as expected. Hardik will do good as an all-rounder if he will get a supoort from both the captain and the coach.”
He further said, on comparing Hardik Pandya with Kapil Dev that there is no comparison of Kapil Dev with anyone. Kapil Dev is one and only.