Ahmedabad/ Delhi:Most of the members of the Indian cricket team are taking a much-needed break from the game.
For pace bowlers like Irfan Pathan, it is time to rejuvenate and recharge his battery before the all-important series against Pakistan next month. He said he is expecting some good cricket from the Indian team in the coming weeks.
It's been more than a month since India won the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, but the felicitation ceremonies aren't ending yet.
On Sunday, it was the turn of Gujarat Cricket Association to handover a cheque for Rs 5 lakh to Irfan Pathan for his match-winning effort in the Twenty20 final vs Pakistan.
The 27-year-old now wants to repeat that performance against the archrivals once again when they tour India in November.
"We will try to play good cricket vs Pakistan. Personally, I will try to retain my good form. I am happy with my batting, bowling and fielding. I will try to improve it further," said Pathan.
Pakistan is one team against which Pathan enjoys bowling and he was the one to take hat-trick vs Younis Khan's team last year in Karachi.
Things have however changed since then. Pathan is no longer the quickest of the lot amongst the Indian pace battery and doesn't even get the new ball.
But the Baroda lad isn't a disappointed man.
"I think my speed is fine. If the wicketkeeper is standing up to the stumps, that doesn't mean that there is some problem with my speed. I'm still bowling between 130 and 135 km/h/. Speed isn't needed in my new role. I'm bowling well and getting wickets in between. I may not get that many wickets as I used to get with the new ball," said the Indian cricketer.
The series against Australia showed how well Pathan is adjusting to his new role.
He was one of the most economical bowlers in the squad and also managed giving crucial breakthroughs.
Things, he says, will only get better in the coming weeks.