Irfan Pathan gave a heart touching reply when Dhoni was blamed for ending his T20 career
New Delhi. When Irfan Pathan emerged on the Indian cricket scene, the left-arm pacer’s skills, who surprised the batsmen with his swing, impressed everyone. He made his international debut in 2003 at the age of just 19 in a Test match against Australia in Adelaide and soon became a star in Indian cricket. With time, Pathan also improved his batting skills and was soon regarded as an all-rounder by former India coach Greg Chappell. However, Pathan, who has experience of 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20 matches, was not included in the Indian team after 2012.
Irfan Pathan, who is currently playing for Bhilwara Kings in the Legends League cricket, has expressed his opinion on Twitter about not selecting him in the Indian cricket team. The fan tweeted with the hashtag Legends League Cricket, “Whenever I see Irfan Pathan in league tournaments, I curse MS Dhoni and his management even more… I can’t believe he just turned 29 Played his last international T20 match at age… Perfect player for No. 7, anyone would have been ready to take him in their team… But India included Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) in the team. Even Stuart Binny played for India. However, the former cricketer showed generosity in his response. He wrote in response, ‘Don’t blame anyone. Thank you for your love.’
Irfan ended his international career with 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is, where he took a total of 301 wickets (100, 173 and 28 wickets respectively). He last took the field for India in 2012 during the World T20. For a few years after that, the Baroda player continued to make a regular presence in domestic cricket, where he was a mentor to players from Jammu and Kashmir.
Irfan is remembered for his lethal bowling against Pakistan. In this, his hat-trick in the first over of the Karachi Test in 2006 and the ‘Man of the Match’ in the 2007 T20 World Cup final has a special place in his career. Irfan Pathan announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket on 4 January 2020.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 28, 2022, 09:08 IST