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2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup winner Yusuf Pathan retires from all cricket
Calling It Quits

2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup winner Yusuf Pathan retires from all cricket

Former India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan has decided to quit all forms of cricket at the age of 38.

Yusuf represented India in 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is and was part of the squads that won the inaugural 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup.

The stalwart established a fearsome reputation with the bat as he maintained a steep strike rate of 113.60 across his 50-over career.

His renowned six-hitting ability made him a favourite in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he smashed a 37-ball century for Rajasthan Royals against Mumbai Indians in 2010. Yusuf's astounding innings in the fateful encounter included 11 successive boundaries.

One of his most memorable knocks on the international arena was his stunning 105 at Centurion against South Africa as his spectacular effort lifted India to 234 in pursuit of the 268-run target.

Yusuf's last match in India colours was a T20I at Johannesburg against South Africa in 2012. He continued to be active in the domestic circuit until the 2019/20 edition of the Ranji Trophy.

"The time has come for me today to put a full stop to this innings of my life. I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game," Yusuf said in a statement released on Friday.

"Winning two World Cups for India and lifting Sachin Tendulkar on my shoulders were some of the best moments of my career," he said.

Yusuf's younger brother and left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan announced his retirement last year in January.