IPL 7: Chat with Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman inspired me to perform, says Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan finished with figures of 2/10, picking up the crucial wicket of Kieron Pollard in the final to beat Mumbai Indians in Dubai.

updated: May 01, 2014 10:44 IST
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Dubai: Seamer Irfan Pathan says his chat with team mentor V V S laxman inspired him to produce a match-winning performance for Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League match against Mumbai Indians in Dubai. (MI vs SRH: As it happened)

It was Irfan who stopped the rampaging Keiron Pollard from turning the game in Mumbai's favour in the last over, returning with impressive fugures of 2/10 and securing a stunning win for his side. (MI's UAE nightmare ends with five-straight losses)

"I had a good chat with Laxman bhai before the game. He said, 'No matter what you do outside the park, you need that fire and aggression between the 22 yards; that's what counts'. That struck me. His words have always helped me out and they did again," the left-arm seamer said after the game on Wednesday.

He said this performance will inspire him to do better in the coming matches. "I didn't bowl much in the previous games and I thought I might not bowl against Mumbai. But then, Pollard got going and that gave me an opportunity to bowl. This performance is going to take me a long way in the tournament. Coming back from injury is never easy, but when you start giving performances like this, the process of regaining your rhythm gets faster," he was quoted as saying by IPL's official website.

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