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  • Irfan Pathan decides to take retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • The cricketer was widely acclaimed for his exceptional bowling skills.
  • He has featured in 29 Tests,120 ODIs and 24 T20Is.

Former India-all rounder Irfan Pathan called time 15-year at the Star Sports studio on Sunday.

One of the most notable swing bowlers, Irfan Pathan, however, play in overseas-based leagues.  He said that the thought of hanging up his boots had crossed his mind after talking with the National selector’s couple of years back.

“In 2016, I had a good outing in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. I spoke to the selectors after that, but got the feeling they were not too delighted.  There was no way that I could get the return back to the National Team,” he said.

However, Irfan continued playing Ranji Trophy and represented Vadodara and Jammu and Kashmir as play-cum mentor till the previous year.

“In domestic cricket too, I have been part of Jammu and Kashmir cricket and after its previous season, I thought about the thing that drives me to continue playing more matches.”

“I will keep contributing to Indian cricket, but it will always better if somebody takes my place in cricket. There are a couple of other things that I would like to do,” Irfan said.

Irfan Pathan’s Achievements

He has played in 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is. The last match he played was in 2012. After that, he had to be replaced with another player due to his injury and indifferent form.

Fans of Indian Cricket will remember the veteran cricketer for his exceptional performance during India’s tour to Australia and Pakistan in 2003-2004. In his debut-series he had emerged has cricketer who took maximum wickets against Zimbabwe and Australia.

His hat-trick in first over of test series in Karachi had established him as one of the most accomplished bowlers of his generation. He was also part of the Team that won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 taking three wickets in the final against Pakistan.

“It has been a stupendous journey. I played cricket will heart and soul. I am proud of my achievements. It’s been a great career,” he said.

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