Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan (Credits: IPL)

Last Update on: September 10th, 2019 at 02:14 pm

In a beautiful gesture, former India allrounder Irfan Pathan, on Monday, donated food items to the needy along with his father. The veteran allrounder continues to be a cult hero in Indian cricket. Statistics might not do justice to Pathan’s exploits in international cricket but the former Baroda star has carved his own place in the heart of the cricket-obsessed fans of this nation.

Irfan Pathan registered his name in the Indian cricket folklore when he picked up a sensational hat-trick against Pakistan in their own backyard in 2004. Irfan Pathan made his Test debut as a 19-year old in 2003 and made an instant impression with his swinging deliveries. Who can forget his exploits in his maiden ODI series in Australia where he was the leading wicket-taker with 16 wickets. It was a tri-series with Zimbabwe being the other participants.

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In 2004, he helped India secure their first series victory over Pakistan in two decades. It was the same tour where he became the first Indian pacer to pick up a Test hat-trick. The fine start to his international career saw him being named the ICC Emerging Player of the Year in 2004. As time passed by, Pathan went on to become a regular in the Indian team across formats.

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Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan (Credits: Twitter)

With the passage of time, he also improved his batting by leaps and bounds and started drawing comparisons with the legendary Kapil Dev. Irfan Pathan was declared the Man of the match for his spell of 3 for 16 in the final of 2007 T20 World Cup, helping India beat arch-rivals Pakistan. But poor form and injury soon saw him lose his place in the team. He did make a comeback on several occasions but could not really hit the ground running.

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Last year, he also ended his association with his state side Baroda to join Jammu and Kashmir. The southpaw now rarely makes the news for his cricket exploits. But he continues to be a fan-favourite. And his latest act will make his fans love him even more. On Monday, he took to Twitter to post a couple of pictures of himself and his family donating rice bags to the needy.

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Recalling his tough childhood, Irfan Pathan wrote:

“Giving is a way of life.Those words has been given inherent to me by my father ever since when he use to earn 3500 rupees a month aftr wrking 14 hours a day.Even thn Abba used to always do d charity in his little way even now it goes on.Blessed to have a father like him :).”

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