India’s 2007 T-20 WC star Irfan Pathan announces retirement

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NEW DELHI: India’s 2007 T-20 World Cup hero, Irfan Pathan on Saturday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. “I am announcing retirement from all forms of cricket. I have been fortunate to share the dressing room with greats of the game like Ganguly, Dravid, and Laxman. I am calling time on my career,” he said.

“I would like to thank my family for providing much-needed support. I would like to thank my fans. They have always hoped for my comeback. Their support has kept me going,” Pathan added.

The 35-year-old was considered by many as the most lethal swing and seam bowler to emerge from India after Kapil Dev.

Pathan played a clinical role in the final of the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup against Pakistan in 2007. He picked up three wickets and returned with the figures of 3-16 in his four overs and was named as the player of the match.

He is one of the three bowlers to have claimed a Test hat-trick for India and the first in the world to claim it in the first over of the match.

In 2006, Pathan dismissed Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf on consecutive deliveries.

The swanky left-arm pacer featured in 29 Tests, 120 ODIs, and 24 T20Is for India, bagging 301 wickets across all formats. He also managed to score 2,821 runs studded with a single hundred and 11 half-centuries.

Pathan donned the Indian jersey for the first time in Test cricket when he played against Australia at Adelaide in 2003. India won that match by four wickets and Pathan picked his maiden wicket in the game.

He last played a match for India in 2012 against Sri Lanka. Pathan is currently performing the role of mentor-cum-coach for the Jammu and Kashmir cricket team.

Tribute to brother Yusuf 

After announcing retirement from all forms of cricket, all-rounder Irfan Pathan on Sunday thanked his brother Yusuf for always being there for him and for teaching him how to be strong without saying a single word.

“My brother and my friend without you nothing is possible. Not only cricket. You taught me how to be strong without saying a word. You were always there for me and always be. Lots of love my brother,” Irfan tweeted.

Thirty-five-year-old Irfan replied to a post by Yusuf, in which he had congratulated the left-arm pacer on a wonderful career.

“Many many congratulations to Irfan for his successful and illustrious career. I know your fans love you a lot and I hope you continue to rule their hearts. The memorable moment playing with Irfan was to win the T20 World Cup in South Africa,” Yusuf had tweeted on Saturday.

Rohit praises Irfan

Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma on Sunday lauded Irfan Pathan for his spectacular contribution to the game after the left-handed bowler announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

The Indian all-rounder is one of the three bowlers to have claimed a Test hat-trick for India and the first in the world to claim it in the first over of the match.

“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 tweeted.

The 35-year-old had played a vital role in the final of the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup against arch-rival Pakistan in 2007.

“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,” Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar tweeted.

The left-arm seamer featured in 29 Tests, 120 ODIs, and 24 T20Is for India, bagging 301 wickets across all formats. (ANI)