"He advised Rahul Dravid to send me at No. 3. He said 'he (Irfan) has the power to hit sixes, can take on the new ball and can play the fast bowlers well too.
"It was tried for the first time in the series against Sri Lanka when Muralitharan was at his peak, and the idea was to attack him as well. (Dilhara) Fernando back then had started the concept of the split-finger slower ball.
"Batsmen didn't understand that too well, so the belief was if I could pull it off, it could work in our favour, especially since it was the first match of the series. It's not true that Greg Chappell spoiled my career. Since he was not from India, it is easier to make him a punching bag."
After making his international debut in 2003, Pathan quickly came to be known as one of the most talented young fast bowlers in the world. He was the fastest Indian to 100 ODI wickets for 13 years before Mohammed Shami finally broke the record.
He has 100 Test wickets to his name and was the second Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in the longest format of the game. However, he eventually lost his place, with his last Test coming in 2008 and his last game overall for India in a T20I against South Africa in 2012.
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