“Hi I am Yusuf Pathan…and my nickname is Yusuf Pathan,” he stopped with a smile which was never his way…….”
The gentlemen all-rounder from Baroda has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. He played 57 ODIs and 22 T20s for India from 2007 to 2012. He was part of the World Cup winning squad of India. Once in 2007(T20) and in once in 2011(ODI). Moreover, he is the 1st cricketer to lift the IPL trophy thrice. Twice with Kolkata Knight Riders and once with Rajasthan Royals. He has scored 810 ODI runs & 236 T20 runs for India. He has also picked 46 wickets for the team. In IPL, the all-rounder has scored 3,204 runs and 42 wickets in 174 matches he played.
The Dream Start
Yusuf Pathan began his international career in the historic T20 World Cup final in 2007. He joined the squad as a replacement for opener batsman Virender Sehwag, who was out with an injury. Yusuf proved his talent to the world. India went on to win the final and the inaugural T20 World Cup playing against Pakistan.
Yusuf released a statement on social media to inform of his decision
“I still remember the day when I wore the India jersey for the first time. It was the most memorable day of my life. Since my childhood, my life has revolved only around Cricket. But today is a bit different. The time has come for me to put a full stop to this innings of my life. I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game. I thank my family, friends, fans, teams, coaches and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love.
Yusuf Pathan has played many memorable and important knocks for India, for his IPL franchise and for his domestic team Baroda. Few of them are worth remembering.
- 123* from 96 vs New Zealand, 2010
- 105 from 70 vs South Africa, 2011
- 56 From 39 Vs Chennai Super Kings, 2008
- 72 From 22 Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2014
- 210 From 190 Vs South Zone, 2010
Yusuf will be definitely missed by the entire cricket community. He will be forever remembered as a complete Cricketer and as a great character. We wish him all the very best for his future endeavors.