Irfan Pathan announces retirement from all forms of cricket
The 35-year-old last played a competitive game in February 2019 during Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy for Jammu and Kashmir. He didn’t compete in the upcoming Indian Premier League auction last December.
In a career that stretched near about fifteen years, Irfan featured in 120 ODIs, 29 Tests and 24 T20Is for India.
The left-handed all-rounder last played an international match for India back in 2012. Irfan turned into a mega star when he stole the limelight snatching the Man of the Match award in the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup. The pacer’s 3/16 paved India’s way to beat Pakistan by five runs.
In 29 Tests, he picked up 100 wickets while he has had 173 ODI wickets and 28 T20I wickets.
“In domestic cricket, too, I have been part of Jammu and Kashmir cricket and after last season, I thought what’s the motivation to play any more?”
“I will keep contributing to Indian cricket, but it is always better if someone else takes my place in domestic cricket. There are lot of other things in store for me and I will keep focusing on them,” Pathan said while speaking about his future.
“Every time I visited Pakistan, I have returned with good memories. I first played there during the under-19 days and took nine wickets against Bangladesh — including a hat-trick — in an Asian under-19 tournament. Later, playing for the senior team, I performed really well,” he added.
“It has been a great journey. I played cricket with all my heart and soul. I am really proud of it and when I look back, I feel happy with my achievements. It’s been a great career,” the pacer said.
However, Irfan Pathan will remain available for the overseas franchise-based leagues.