Delhi captain Virender Sehwag has stepped up in support of Irfan Pathan, who has thus far failed to justify his hefty signing fee across this year’s Indian Premier League.
Released by the Kings XI Punjab during the IPL off-season and bought by the Daredevils for a record US $1.9m at January’s player auction, the 26-year-old all-rounder hasn’t impressed at his new franchise, which continues to languish at the bottom of the 10-team standings.
Scores of nought, nine not out, 14 and five, coupled with just two wickets at an expensive rate in four outings, has seen the left-hander come under fire, with Sehwag left to defend his team-mate.
“He is coming from injury and will take some time. He is coming back after a one-year lay-off,” Sehwag said of Pathan, who endured a back injury through the bulk of last year.
The Daredevils endured their third loss in four matches on Tuesday, when the Deccan Chargers beat them by 16 runs. Irfan, chosen for the starting XI ahead of a multitude of Indian talent in the squad, was again off-colour as his four-over complement went for 28 runs and mere five runs with the bat contributed to his side’s downfall.
Sehwag, however, was confident Pathan was on the up regardless of his average showing.
“He picked up an early wicket. He gave just about 30 runs in four overs. He is getting better day by day,” he concluded. Cricket365