Mumbai terror strikes frustrated us: Irfan

Team India felt helpless and its frustration grew more and more after watching on TV the worst-ever terror attack in Mumbai last week, said Irfan Pathan.

updated: December 05, 2008 09:44 IST
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New Delhi:

The Indian cricket team felt helpless and its frustration grew more and more after watching on Television the worst-ever terror attack in Mumbai last week, disclosed pace bowler Irfan Pathan, who was filled with a cocktail of emotions including hurt and anger.

"We were all very excited after our ODI win over England in Cuttack. We usually listen the interviews of Man of the match and others on TV so that we can pull their leg but channels started flashing the terror attack and we kept glued to our seats till the morning. Everyone was hurt," Pathan said recalling the horror of 26/ll.

"The whole India was angry and so was I for what happened there (in Mumbai). Whatever happened there was shameful. "We asked ourselves why can't we do anything, our frustration grew bigger and bigger as we watched the action on TV," he said.

Pathan, who was here to promote Tata Teleservices of which he is the brand ambassador, said the team was planning to do some charity for those suffered in the tragedy.

"Maybe, we will do some charity," he said.

Asked if he had demanded extra safety cover, which a few of his teammates enjoy, he said it was now required by every Indian citizen.

"Not only cricketers but whole India needs special security at the moment," he said and urged celebrities from all walks of life to cooperate with the security personnel at public places.

"We should leave our comfort level and cooperate with the security agencies in places like this hotel (Taj Mansingh) because life is most important," Pathan said.

Pathan when querried if being a Muslim he felt scared to take the field in the backdrop of Mumbai terror attacks, he said, "Religion has nothing to do with terrorism. No religion preaches killing or unrest. It (terrorism) is wrong. And no, I am not scared to take the field despite whatever happened."

On his views about the fate of sports in the sub-continent, Pathan felt human life was too precious to put at risk in volatile situations.

"No loss can be bigger than life, monetary or other losses are temporary," he added.

About the upcoming two-Test series against England, he said the Indians, who won the ODI series 5-0, would like to clean sweep it as well.

"We are doing well at present. Let me put it this way: the marathon run is still on for a win," he said.

On touring Pakistan next year, Pathan said there was no point in giving his opinion as the decision would be taken by the governments of the two countries.

His elder brother, all rounder Yusuf Pathan, who also joined him as the brand ambassador to the company, said on field they were first players and then brothers.

"We are first teammates and then brothers when on field. We are playing cricket for the country and not for family," he said.