Irfan Pathan announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Irfan Pathan, who won the T20 World Cup in 2007, played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is during a 16-year-long career in professional cricket.


  • Irfan Pathan played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India
  • Irfan picked 100 wickets in Tests, 173 in ODIs and 28 in T20Is
  • Irfan is still the only bowler to take a hat-trick on the 1st over of a Test match

India all-rounder Irfan Pathan announced on Saturday he will be retiring from professional cricket with immediate effect.

Irfan Pathan, who made his international debut in 2003, played professional cricket for 16 years. Despite not featuring in an international fixture since 2012, Irfan was playing domestic cricket until February 2019.

“I am announcing retirement from all forms of cricket. I have been fortunate to share the dressing room with greats of the game like Ganguly, Dravid, and Laxman. I am calling time on my career,” Irfan Pathan said.

“I would like to thank my family for providing much-needed support. I would like to thank my fans. They have always hoped for my comeback. Their support has kept me going.”

A sensational hat-trick against Pakistan in Karachi

Irfan Pathan made his international debut against Australia in Adelaide in 2003 and caught the attention of the world with his ability to swing the ball both ways. Pathan got the wicket of Matthew Hayden in his first outing as India went on to clinch a famous win.

Irfan became only the 2nd Indian bowler to pick up a Test hat-trick when he achieved the feat in a Test match against Pakistan in Karachi in 2006. Pathan removed Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf with 3 unplayable deliveries and became the only bowler to pick up a hat-trick in the 1st over a Test match.

Irfan was also the Man of the Match in the T20 World Cup final in 2007. He had picked up 3 wickets in 4 overs, conceding just 16 runs in a high-voltage contest against Pakistan.

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Updated: January 4, 2020 — 6:36 pm

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