Irfan Pathan, the master of swing, has been dabbling with different things after he left cricket. These days he is busy doing commentary on TV and given his voice, appearance and confidence, director Ajay Gnanamuthu has signed him for his upcoming Tamil film which has Vikram in the lead.

The film ‘Vikram 58’ will see Irfan playing the role of a police officer.

“When the director approached me, my first question was, ‘Why me?’. He explained that the role suited me perfectly and that they were keen on casting me,” Irfan told Sportstar on the sidelines of the second Test between India and South Africa in Pune.

“It took me a little time to make up my mind. And once I was convinced, I gave a go ahead. I have never acted in a film before, so yeah, it is a new challenge,” Irfan said.

This is Ajay Gnanamuthu’s third film after Demonte Colony and Imaikka Nodigal. Vikram, on the other hand, was recently seen in Rajesh M Selva’s Kadaram Kondan.

Irfan, who knows a bit of Tamil because of previous association with Chennai Super Kings, agrees that language won’t be an issue. “I am really excited… It won’t affect my other commitments either,” Irfan said, adding that he will have to shoot in Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and abroad. “That’s the plan as of now,” Irfan said.

When the makers of the film approached him, initially via social media, Irfan wasn’t sure about the possibilities. “But later, they came to Vadodara and we spoke at length. It looked interesting then,” the fast bowler said.

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