Recently, Indian star all-rounder, Irfan Pathan has announced retirement from all forms of cricket after 17 years of his debut in the International cricket back in 2003.
Irfan Pathan’s last international match was a T20 match against South Africa back in 2012 on 2nd October. Still today Irfan Pathan remains has the only player to have taken a hat-trick in the first over of a Test match.
Irfan Pathan has played 173 international matches and scored 2,821 runs, picked 301 wickets and has picked 31 catches. This 35-year old cricketer has also been part of the 2007 ICC T20I world cup.
Pathan has played for 6 IPL teams in his entire IPL Career, the teams are Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions. his last IPL season was 2017 and in that season this veteran bowler has played for the Gujarat Lions.
Irfan Pathan has last played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Jammu and Kashmir in February 2019 and he has not participated in any other major Domestic cricket league for this year including Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Recently In an interview with Star Sports, Irfan Pathan remembered a sledging incident with Former Sri Lankan Captain and Wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara, he has explained how they’ve abused each other and went to become friends at the end.
“Sangakkara was just trying to tell me something very nasty. He said something personal, I said something personal to him. I said something about his wife, he said something about my father and my mother. At that time, we were not happy with each other.”
“I remember, for a month, as soon as his wife used to come on the right, I used to go left. One day, Sangakkara came and said… ‘you remember this guy, he is the guy who said something about you’. I said sorry. And then Sangakkara explained, I said something first and then only he said something about you. It ended that way. There is no hard feeling and then we became friends,” Pathan was quoted as saying.
Twitter Reactions for Irfan Pathan Retirement:
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 4, 2020
So many match winning spells, numerous match winning innings, one of the best all arounders I have played with. You are a true champion @IrfanPathan my friend. Good luck for your second innings. Cheers #irfanpathan pic.twitter.com/J5GyGhhQ6g
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 4, 2020
From swinging the Cricket ball, to swinging the bat for those big hits, you've done India proud so many times. It was a pleasure playing with you.
Enjoy your 2nd innings just like you played your 1st. pic.twitter.com/7RZkaUJ4Tf
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 4, 2020
Happy retirement @IrfanPathan you played this game with lot of passion and courage. No one has hat-trick in the first over of the test match 👏Best wishes for your next chapter
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 5, 2020
Buddy and a brother, someone I look upto. Pathan saab you'll be missed on the pitch. Have a blast and enjoy your 2nd innings! All the best @IrfanPathan your contribution to international cricket will always be remembered and cherished. pic.twitter.com/FJXO6KM7Jr
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 4, 2020
Was such a joy to see #IrfanPathan evolve from a aspiring 17yr old cricketer when I first saw him into a mature International Cricketer. You can be very proud of what u have achieved not only as a cricketer but also in mentoring young cricketers from J&K. A very happy 2nd innings pic.twitter.com/T63yF3G7z7
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 4, 2020
Congratulations @IrfanPathan on an excellent career. So many landmarks, so many highlights. Remember the wide eyed young man at the breakfast table in Australia growing to play a key role in so many memorable moments for India. Tab gend bolti thi ab zubaan bolegi! Mubarak.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2020
It has been such a pleasure playing with u since we were only 14..hard to believe 21 years have gone by…thank you @IrfanPathan for all the memories..congratulations on a wonderful career..enjoy the new chapter of your life… pic.twitter.com/2jUZtnqq2P
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) January 4, 2020