‘I’M NOT IN A HURRY TO GET MAR­RIED’

Crick­eter Ir­fan Pathan says he is very happy be­ing sin­gle

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Ir­fan Pathan isn’t ready to walk down the mar­riage lane any­time soon. “Jab shaadi honi hogi, tab ho jayegi” is what the crick­eter be­lieves in. “I am sin­gle and very happy. For now, I have no plans of get­ting mar­ried,” says Ir­fan, who be­came an un­cle last year when his brother, crick­eter Yusuf Pathan, wel­comed a baby boy.

The 30-year-old all-rounder, who last rep­re­sented team In­dia in 2012, is cer­tain that he will be back on the field next year. “My main aim is to get back to cricket, and you will see me next year for sure,” says Ir­fan, adding that he misses all the fun and on-field ac­tion. Ask him to share some dress­ing room sto­ries, and he says that the crick­eters of­ten pull each other’s leg. “Bas mauka milna chahiye khichai karne ka! Agar kisi ki girl­friend hai, aur woh pare­shaan kar rahi hai, toh khichai toh hogi. Agar nahi bhi hai, phir bhi khichai hoti hai,” he laughs.

Mean­while, Ir­fan, who is par­tic­i­pat­ing in an on­go­ing re­al­ity dance show on TV, says that he doesn’t fear peo­ple say­ing that his fo­cus has shifted. He in­sists that cricket will al­ways be his first love.

“I can­not help it if they say that. Mu­jhe pata hai ki mera fo­cus kya hai. Cricket is the most im­por­tant thing for me. It is my pas­sion. Although this is off sea­son, I don’t miss my phys­i­cal train­ing. When I am prac­tis­ing for the show, too, I make it a point to not miss my train­ing. Even dur­ing Ramzan, I used to train af­ter break­ing my fast ev­ery day,” he says.

As for the dance show, the crick­eter seems to be en­joy­ing him­self on the sets. “I’m learn­ing a lot on the show. I took some time to say yes to it, but I’m glad that I fi­nally did,” says Ir­fan, adding that he finds danc­ing tough. “If I re­mem­ber the steps, then I for­get to keep up with the mu­sic, and if I con­cen­trate on the mu­sic, then I for­get my steps,” he says.

My main aim is to get back to cricket and you will see me next year for sure. The game is the most im­por­tant thing for me Jab shaadi honi hogi, tab ho jaegi. I am sin­gle and very happy

Ir­fan Pathan, crick­eter

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