Irfan Pathan, former Indian seam-bowling all-round, has come up with a solution to the recent demands made by fans to honor former cricket legends a befitting farewell game.
Ever since former Indian skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni called time on his international career via an Instagram post, fans have been calling for a farewell game to the champion wicketkeeper-batsman. Dhoni’s farewell has once again reignited the discussion on former cricketing stalwarts not getting a befitting farewell for the services that they have rendered to Indian cricket during their decorated careers.
Barring Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, and fast bowler Ashish Nehra, none of the former Indian cricketers have got a farewell game before they called time on their respective careers in the past decade or so.
‘How about a charity cum farewell game between retired cricketers and current Indian team’- Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan, who played his last international game for India back in 2012 before calling time on his career earlier this year, feels that pipping the retired player’s XI against the current Indian Cricket Team in a charity game could be a great way to give a farewell to cricketers like him, who did not get a proper send-off from the game.
”Many people are talking about a farewell game for retired players who didn’t get a proper send-off from the game. How about a charity cum farewell game from a team consisting of retired players vs the current Indian team?” wrote Irfan Pathan on Twitter.
Many people are talking about a farewell game for retired players who didn't get a proper send-off from the game. How about a charity cum farewell game from a team consisting of retired players vs the current Indian team? pic.twitter.com/diUiLXr9XQ
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 22, 2020
Irfan also went on to pick the retired Indian cricketer’s XI, who could possibly lock horns against the current Indian team. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag are picked as openers followed by ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid and the ‘Very Very Special’ Laxman at No.3 and 4 respectively.
Yuvraj Singh, who announced his retirement last year, comes in at No,5 followed by the recently retired duo of Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni. Irfan Pathan comes in at No.8 as the seam-bowling all-rounder followed by the pace bowling duo of Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan. Pragyan Ojha, who last played for India in 2013 and announced his retirement earlier this year, is the lone specialist spinner in Irfan’s retired player’s XI.