Irfan Pathan, despite remaining out of the International circuit for the last 8 years, remains to be one of the most celebrated cricketers of the country. Recently, the all-rounder has decided to say goodbye to all forms of cricket after playing professional cricket for 16 years.
Pathan was renowned for his ability to make the ball talk – a trait with which he won many matches for India. He also became only the 2nd Indian bowler to claim a Test hat-trick by removing Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf respectively. Not only that, Irfan also emerged as the player of the match in the final of the T20 World Cup in 2007.
However, constant injuries kept degrading his bowling abilities and eventually he was pushed out of the national reckoning. Playing 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is, the 35-year old cricketer managed a combination of 301 wickets and 2821 runs to record his prowess. Announcing his retirement, he further added that he would love to see a youngster taking his place as soon as possible.