Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan is one of the best left-arm bowlers. Ever since his debut in 2003, he made rapid strides towards troubling the best batsmen. Due to his swinging ability, Pathan often reminded experts of Kapil Dev, when his peak. Gradually, his skill with the bat also improved, playing some useful innings.
In what was his last of the 29 Tests against South Africa, the Baroda seamer scored 21* and 43* at number seven against a formidable bowling attack. Pathan’s final ODI was against Sri Lanka in which he scored 29* while in his final T20I, Pathan was the top-scorer with 31 runs.
The retired-seamer took to his official Twitter handle, remarking how challenging it was to stay unbeaten against the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Irfan Pathan’s response was to a fan, who mentioned all the aforementioned stats. Despite the best of his efforts, 2008 was the last year he featured in a Test match. When the 35-year old hung up his boots in January this year, fans thought that he should have played a lot more.
“If you are playing as an allrounder n score 63 not out in a Test match against the likes of Steyn n Morkel thn it would turn out to be your last game.”
. @IrfanPathan's batting🏏in last innings in each format:
Test: Apr 5,2008 vs SA🇿🇦
Batted @ 7
1st innings : 21* (top scorer)
2nd innings: 43*
ODI: Aug 4,2012 vs SL🇱🇰
Batted at 8
T20I: Sep 28,2012 vs AUS🇦🇺
Batted as opener
Runs:31 (top scorer)
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— Amal Sudhakaran 🏏 (@amal_sachinism) May 16, 2020
Irfan Pathan’s response to another fan, who was critical of him:
However, yet another fan, conceded that the reason behind the all-rounder’s axing was due to his bowling instead of batting. Having gone wicketless in the Test at Ahmedabad, the fan opined that it was due to that, which he was dropped.
In no time, he reverted and did that in style. The seamer defended it by saying that he wasn’t the only one who remained without wickets in the game. Irfan Pathan went on to remind that he received the man of the match in the Test prior to his last.
“Was I the only one who was wicketless in that game? N, by the way, had a man of the match award in a test match one match prior to this one. probably u weren’t born that time so u won’t know.”
Was I the only one who was wicketless in that game ? N by the way had a man of the match award in a test match one match prior to this one.probably u weren’t born that time so u won’t know
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 16, 2020
Irfan was last seen in action when India Legends squared off against Sri Lanka Legends in the Road Safety World Series. The 35-year old put up a stellar show, scoring an unbeaten half-century and finishing with bowling figures of 1/31.