There comes a special time in a sportsperson's life when they are at the peak of their form and skill, nothing seems unassailable. They have seen it all, been there, experienced the international cricket pressure and now it is their time to stun the world with their innate brilliance. The 36-year-old Irfan who hasn't played for Pakistan from last two years, out of nowhere managed to bowl the most economical spell in the history of T20 cricket by just conceding one run!
He got two crucial wickets including T20's boss Chris Gayle's prized scalp who had no answer to Irfan's hostile pace and immaculate accuracy. There were 23 dots and three maidens in the spell of his life while playing for his side 'Barbados Tridents' in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Many balls went past the edge as batsmen failed to make contact with the ball for the most part of his stunning spell. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots' batsmen had a torrid time, looking like a bunch of school kids who had forgotten the art of batsmanship.
“I’m really happy. I would’ve been happier if the team won, but I am happy that I bowled one of the best spells in T20 cricket,” said Irfan. “I liked bowling on the lively wicket, and I get an extra bounce because of my height, so yes, a satisfying performance.”
It was the bowling spell of the highest quality and class. Irfan's spell was reminiscent of Joel Garner who used to be a nightmare for the batsmen around the world and it was Irfan this time giving the West Indies crowd a flashback of their rosy cricketing past. The lanky pacer hit the perfect length on a tight middle and off stump channel, playing loud chin music for the Patriots batting lineup. How many 7 footer bowlers do we have in world cricket with a difficult action to decipher? Not many. It surely bolsters the arsenal for any team to have bowlers with express pace and with a unique ability as Irfan possess, especially lethal in tracks that offer bounce and seam-friendly conditions.
This performance may have been for a losing cause as his team failed to capitalize on an ideal start but Irfan may have won some hearts in Pakistan's National Selection Committee and knocked on the door for yet another comeback.