35-year-old allrounder Irfan Pathan on Saturday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Irfan Pathan, who is one of Team India’s leading swing bowlers, can be available for franchise based leagues abroad. Irfan Pathan last landed in Team India’s jersey in October 2012, when he played against South Africa during the T20 World Cup in Colombo. He last represented the Jammu and Kashmir team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in domestic cricket in February 2019. Pathan did not even put himself in the IPL auction pool last month.
Swing’s natural ability leads to success
Left-arm fast bowler Irfan Pathan made his Test debut against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in 2003. Irfan did not have the speed, but his natural ability to swing the ball brought him an instant success. He was also compared with the great Kapil Dev. At that time it seemed that India had found that all-rounder, the place which was vacant since Kapil’s retirement. Pathan last played for India in October 2012, playing 29 Tests (1105 runs and 100 wickets), 120 ODIs (1544 runs and 173 wickets) and 24 T20 Internationals (172 runs and 28 wickets).
2007 Man of the Match for T20 World Cup Final
Irfan Pathan was part of the 2007 T20 World Cup-winning Indian team and was the ‘man of the match’ in the final against Pakistan. His best performance on the tour of Pakistan in 2006 came when he became the second Indian after Harbhajan Singh to take a Test hat-trick. In the Karachi Test, he completed his hat-trick by dismissing Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yusuf in consecutive balls.
Irfan Pathan played a key role in India’s victory against Australia on the bouncy pitch of Perth. After this, during his career, he was troubled by injuries and his form also fell. His ability to swing the ball also deteriorated.
Irfan Pathan said so on retirement –
While announcing the retirement, Irfan Pathan said, ‘Today I am retiring from all types of cricket. It is an emotional moment for me, but it is a moment that comes in every player’s life. I am from a small place and I got a chance to play with great players like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, which everyone wishes to have.