Cricket's brotherhood praises Irfan Pathan after everyone calls him one day
NEW DELHI: cricket fraternity praised Irfan Pathan for his outstanding contribution to the game after the all-terrain Indian announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Saturday.
The 35-year-old left arm sealer played 29 Tests, 120 ODI and 24 T20I for India, collecting a total of 301 international wickets. Pathan played his last test against South Africa in 2008, while he last appeared for the national side in ODI and T20I in 2012.
Pathan's greatest contribution to Indian cricket came in the shortest format of the game, as he was named man of the match in the World T20 final against Pakistan in 2007. He took three crucial wickets when India lifted the trophy in Johannesburg.
He is one of the three Indian bowlers who has claimed a test hat-trick and the first in the world to claim it in the first round of the match. In 2006, Pathan dismissed Salman Butt , Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf in consecutive deliveries.
This is how the cricket fraternity took to Twitter to share their feelings:
So many spells to win games, numerous tickets to win games, one of the best games I've played with. You ... https://t.co/sD10bu3j2R - Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 1578142840000
1️⃣7️⃣3️⃣ international appearances 2️⃣8️⃣2️⃣1️⃣ runs 3️⃣0️⃣1️⃣ wickets @ T20WorldCup winner 🏆 Irfan Pathan has an… https://t.co/61qNJubdgv - ICC (@ICC) 1578142900000
It was a great joy to see #IrfanPathan evolve from an aspiring 17-year-old cricketer when I first saw him in a mature Int ... https://t.co/9XbR8sqSkT - VVS Laxman (@ VVSLaxman281) 1578141107000
I wish you a great second inn, my brother @IrfanPathan, what a bowling champion and fighter in the field ... God bless you br ... https://t.co/uuNBG3eKq9 - Harbhajan Turban (@harbhajan_singh) 1578142123000
Congratulations to @IrfanPathan for an excellent career. So many benchmarks, so many highlights. Remember open eyes ... https://t.co/hiTFXUq2s2 - Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 1578139287000
Congratulations on an excellent career @IrfanPathan. Man of the match in the final of the T20 World Cup and some out of place ... https://t.co/LHdQQKb41Q - Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 1578139586000
Welcome to the club @IrfanPathan. The best of the left arm swing pitchers that our nation has produced. Hat-trick against the Pakistans ... https://t.co/d97wXx6l5c - VenuGopala Rao (@IMVenuGopalRao) 1578140290000
One of the best left arm swing bowlers of modern era India! Thanks for everything, @IrfanPathan. I wish you ... https://t.co/aY9NDZgyvA - Capitals of Delhi (@DelhiCapitals) 1578140214000