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“Cricket will miss you” Twitter pays emotional tribute as Irfan Pathan retires

Indian seamer Irfan Pathan, on Saturday (4 January), announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, bringing curtains to an iconic career that spanned 17-year. Pathan has played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India and picked 301 international wickets. 

Irfan made his international debut at 19-year-old in Adelaide on 12 December 2003 and picked Matthew Hayden as his first wicket. Irfan soon became a regular across all formats for the Men in Blue. 

Of his many best performances, fans will always remember his first over hat-trick against Pakistan in 2006 and his man of the match performance in the 2007 ICC T20 World Championships final.

Born in the Pathan community of Gujarat in India, Pathan comes from a humble family. He grew up with his elder brother Yusuf in a mosque as his father worked there. His Pashtun father wanted him to be an Islamic scholar, however, the Pathan brothers were interested in playing cricket. 

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Irfan ended up being one of the finest all-rounders Indian cricket has produced. At times, he was even promoted as an opener and number 3. Irfan has played 29 tests averaging 31.57. He also has six half-centuries and one century to his name. In ODIs and T20Is, he averaged 23.39 and 24.57 respectively. 

One of Irfan’s best all-round performances came against Australia in Perth, where he won the Man of the Match in India’s historic victory during the 2007-08 tour.

With his pace dropping and lack of swing, Pathan saw himself being dropped out of the national team. His last test was against South Africa in 2009. While he did get chances to play in limited-over format, he was not at his best. His last ODI and T20 were both in 2012. Irfan’s domestic form also fell later on.

Apart from India, Irfan has represented Baroda, Middlesex, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiants, Gujarat Lions and Jammu and Kashmir. He finishes his career with 384 first-class wickets, 272 in List A and 173 in T20s. 

 

Manan Dharamshi
I usually describe myself with three 'F's, i.e, Food, Football and Films. Born and Brought up in Bangalore since the mid-1990s, I have always had a huge interest in playing football, cricket and watching other sports. People who know me always tell I bleed football. Sports, and Football, in particular, has helped me through hard times and helped me to shape my view on the world. And that is one of the reasons why I want to serve as a Sports Journalist.

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