It has been more than a decade since India thumped Pakistan in the final of the inaugural edition of the World T20 tournament, but it is a memory that Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan still relishes.
He has every reason to: his impeccable bowling - that yielded him three wickets for just 16 runs in four overs – got him player of the final award.
Pathan got prized wickets of Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi (Man-of-the-tournament), and Yasir Arafat which restricted Pakistan to 152 in their chase of 158 runs.
The match went down the wire with Misbah-ul-Haq’s heroics in the death overs keeping the contest alive despite Pakistan being seven down for 66 at one stage.
Misbah’s well-crafted 51-ball 43 brought his side close to the prestigious silverware, but his ill-timed scoop on the third ball of the last over – with just six remaining and a wicket in hand - became the reason for Mahindra Singh Dhoni’s first ICC title win as a captain.
“There are two to three things [favourite memories],” Pathan replied when he was asked about his favourite cricket memory in an ESPNcricinfo show, “getting cap from Indian captain Sourav Ganguly which was very close to my heart and winning that game in Adelaide. Winning T20 World Cup [World T20] against Pakistan in 2007. That Test [against Pakistan at Karachi in 2006] where I got a hattrick, still would have liked to win that match.”
Pakistan went on to win the Karachi Test by 341 runs and bag the three-match series 1-0.
Pathan is currently captaining Baroda in the Ranjhi Trophy – India’s premier first-class tournament – in his bid to make a return to the national side.
The 33-year-old last played for India in October 2012 against South Africa in a World T20 game.