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Irfan Khan Pathan

Irfan Khan Pathan was born on October 27, 1984 in Baroda, Gujarat, India is an Indian cricketer who made his first appearance for India in late-2003 and was a center member of the national side in anticipation of a decline in form set in during 2006, forcing him out of the squad. While then, he has been in and out of the limited-overs squad, and has only irregular exteriors in Test cricket.

Opening his career as a left-arm fast-medium dangle bowler, Pathan broke into the national side shortly after turning 19, and suggested links with Pakistan's Wasim Akram, regarded as one of the optimum left-arm pacemen of all instance, with his talented performances and exceptional swing. He paved his point in the squad and was named by the International Cricket Council as the 2004 Emerging Player of the Year. In late-2004 he took 18 wickets in two Tests in opposition to Bangladesh, but the start of 2005 he performed feebly and accepted runs at a high tempo, most important to a brief expel from the one-day international (ODI) squad. Directly after that, Australian Greg Chappell, one of the leading batsmen of his time, became India's trainer and recognized Pathan's batting prospective.

The bowler enhanced his batting expertise's to become a bowling all-rounder, and he opened the batting on junctures in ODIs and scored 93 in a Test contest in the role after an infirmity to Virender Sehwag. He made three scores ahead of 80 in the gap of four Test innings. For the first nine months of Chappell's period at the rudder, Pathan executed strappingly with both bat and ball, scoring runs often and repeatedly taking top-order wickets. He climbed to No. 2 in the ICC's ODI rankings for all-rounders and was also in the peak five in the Test rankings. This led reviewer to contrast him to ex- Indian speed bowling all-rounder Kapil Dev.

In early 2006, Pathan became the first and only bowler to take a Test hat-trick in the first over of the game. On the other hand, the prolific run did not last and after the launch of 2006, Pathan began to progressively lose speed and swing and his wicket-taking diminished. Even though Pathan's batting sustained to be productive, he was not observed as a expert and was plunged from the squad in both Tests and ODIs by the end of 2006, and by 2007 was no longer in the team.

He revisited to international cricket in September 2007 for the initial World Twenty20, where he took three wickets and was man of the match as India beat Pakistan in the ultimate. This grossed him a recall into the ODI squad, where he was a standard for most of the subsequent 12 months before being plunged as his economy tempo continued to drift upwards. In behind schedule Pathan was evoked into the Test side and strike his maiden Test century, but could not preserve his place in the group as his bowling was not efficient enough with only two pacemen required. He continues to execute with both bat and ball at home level, even though his demure rate is normally disparaged as being inappropriate at international level.

Early Life

He was born on 27th of October 1984 at Baroda, Gujarat. He was brought up all along with his half-brother Yusuf Pathan, a yet one more Indian Cricket player. Even though their family hunted them to become Islamic priests, both the brothers got more fascinated towards the matchofCricket.

Irfan was preferred in the Under-14 Cricket squads of Baroda, and was a associate of the Under-15 Baroda squad at a National Level Cricket Championship. Afterwards, he made his first appearance in the First Class Cricket in the year 2000-01. He got to perk up his bowling expertises at the MRF speed Foundation in Chennai, and took 6 wickets at the Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2002 in New Zealand. The subsequent year he was elected as an element of the Indian A side and went to the trip of England.

In the year 2003 he coped to snatch 18 wickets at an Under-19 Asian One Day International (ODI) Cricket Tournament held in Pakistan, and had a Bowling standard of 7.38 at the competition.

Test and ODI Debut

Irfan Pathan began his Test Cricket career with a Test game in opposition to Australia played at Adelaide Oval in the year 2003, when he was 19 years of age. He didn't fare pretty well at the game though, asserting a single wicket of Matthew Hayden, and giving away 160 runs in the game. His One Day International (ODI) first appearance was made with a game in opposition to Australia in the Tri-Nation One Day International (ODI) Cricket tournament encompassing of India, Australia and Zimbabwe in the year 2004. In the game, he took no wicket and gave away 61 runs.

While in the entire tournament, he took 16 wickets with a standard of 31. He also got his first Man of the Match reward in this tournament in a contest in opposition to Zimbabwe wherein he took 4 wickets giving away only 24 runs. In the second final game of this tournament, Irfan seemingly scorned the Australian batsman Damien Martyn, and was chastised for this conduct by the game referees.

Opening of the year 2005 didn't prove to be very fine for Pathan, as on the grounds of reduced performance he was dropped out of the squad, even though he was called back in the side for the Indian Oil Cup held in Sri Lanka in August 2005, wherein he clutched 6 wickets. subsequent to this, he gave is best ODI performance in a competition in opposition to Zimbabwe in the Videocon Triangular succession, in which he took 5 wickets and gave only 27 runs.

Irfan Pathan as a batsman

Greg Chappell, the trainer of Indian Cricket side at that time, utilized Irfan Pathan as a constructive batsman and he proved his caliber by scoring 83 runs in just 70 balls in an ODI in opposition to Sri Lanka played at Nagpur in the Limited Overs Challenger sequence 2005. In the Test sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka, he scored 93 runs in the 2nd Test, and 83 runs in the 3rd Test game. The point from late 2006 to mid 2007 was a bad one for Pathan, for he was mislaid out of both the Test and the ODI sides, and even though was included in the 2007 World Cup Cricket squad from India, couldn't play a single game in the tournament as the squad gone down out in the first round itself.

The ICC Twenty-20 World Cup 2007 Hero

In the year 2007, Irfan Pathan came back with a spring when he was affirmed Man of the Match in the ICC Twenty-20 World Cup 2007 final game in opposition to Pakistan. He took 3 wickets openhanded away 16 runs in the game.

Apart from showing standard performance in several Test and ODI games afterwards, Irfan Pathan contributed in the Indian Premiere League 2008 from the Kings XI Punjab side, and took 15 wickets giving away 350 runs at a standard of 23.33 runs. He also played in Kit ply Cup and Asia Cup 2008, and achieved 86 runs and took 7 wickets in the competitions.

Overall Performance

In his overall Test Cricket career, Irfan Pathan played 29 Test contests in which he gained a total of 1105 runs with standard of 31.57 runs, and highest total of 102 runs. In these games, he took 3226 runs and took 100 wickets at a standard of 32.26 runs.

While in the ODI Cricket, he played 107 games and attained 1368 runs with a standard of 22.8 runs and finished a maximum score of 83 runs. He took a sum of 152 wickets in the ODIs and gave away 4547 runs with a standard of 29.91 runs.


  • First bowler to take a hat-trick in the first over of a Test contest (first by an Indian in away game)
  • ICC Emerging Player of the Year 2004
Irfan Pathan is an Indian Cricket player who has been playing for the squad ever since the year 2003. Even though for the most part he is a Left-Arm Fast-Medium bowler, over the epoch of time Irfan has advanced himself as a bowling all-rounder.