Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
Irfan Pathan has finally called time on his illustrious career marked by splendid all-round performances. The left-arm paceman had a bright start to his international career but gradually fizzled away into oblivion owing to frequent run-ins with injuries and lack of swing.
Despite his unfulfilled bowling potential, Irfan still has a plethora of memorable displays on the international arena, with most of his successful stints coming against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Irfan’s highly lethal spell of swing bowling was witnessed in the iconic 2006 Karachi Test when he got the wickets of Salman Butt, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan on successive deliveries to complete a historic hat-trick. Although India lost that match, Irfan’s exquisite bowling is still etched in the memories of fans.
Another peak moment of his career arrived in the 2007 World T20 final against Pakistan where he took three wickets for 16 runs in four overs and helped India take home the title in the inaugural edition of the tournament. Irfan’s batting abilities also shone versus Pakistan as he made his maiden Test century against the Men in Green. Moreover, he slammed a quickfire fifty away from home against Pakistan during the 2006 tour of the country.