All-rounder Irfan Pathan announces retirement from all forms of cricket

All-rounder Irfan Pathan on Saturday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending an injury-ridden career.

The 35-year-old’s retirement was on expected lines, considering he last played a competitive game in February 2019 during the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy for Jammu and Kashmir.

Before playing for Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, he played for Baroda. However, he will remain as a non-playing mentor to the Jammu and Kashmir squad.

Irfan who wasn’t playing for the past 12 months did not put himself in the IPL pool auction last month.

The left-arm seamer debuted for India against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in 2003. He was all of 19 back then. His ability to swing the ball into the right-handers got him instant success.

Pathan, who last played for India in October 2012, featured in 29 Tests (1105 runs and 100 wickets), 120 ODIs (1544 runs and 173 wickets) and 24 T20 Internationals (172 runs and 28 wickets).

He was also part of the victorious Indian team at the 2007 World Twenty20 and was the man-of-the-match in the final against Pakistan.

Injuries and lack of form troubled him and his ability to swing the ball deteriorated. His downfall coincided with Greg Chappell’s stint as the India head coach.

Pathan has been commentating on the game over the past 24 months and it would be very much part of his future plans.

His elder brother Yusuf, he made a rare sibling pair to represent India.

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