Irfan Pathan, a small town boy turned a game changer in Indian Cricket
Irfan Pathan is a very known name in Indian Cricket. The boy who used to stay in a mosque in Vadodara, Gujarat may not think ever that he will play for India someday. But that dream of the boy came true. He made it to the National team of Indian Cricket. So it will be great treat to know about him.
Irfan Pathan Early Life:
Irfan Pathan was born on 27th October, 1984 in a small town in Gujarat, Vadodara. He came from a very poor family as his father was a muezzin in the mosque they used to stay. He had a love for cricket from the beginning of his life and used to break a lot glasses of windows of the neighborhood. And this led him to be in the National team later on. He married a Jeddah based model, SafaBaig in 2016 in Mecca. And his son’s name is Imran Khan Pathan.
Irfan Pathan Career:
This left arm medium fast bowler made his debut in Indian Cricket team in Border-Gavaskar trophy in 2003. After so many domestic and national achievements, he got a chance to be an achiever in international platform. He played as an all-rounder in Indian team and played so many match winning games. He took wickets of the legends like Matthew Hayden, Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist in his famous reverse swing bowling action. Pathan got tremendous success in Pakistan tour of 2004 by taking 12 wickets in that tournament single handedly. And he was named as ICC emerging player of the year in 2004. He continued his magical form later in Asia Cup in Sri Lanka too.
His best spell is in an ODI in Harare with Zimbabwe where he got impressive statistics of 5/27 and Zimbabwe got all out in 65. It is believed to be his best in his whole ODI career. After these, he faced so many ups and downs in his career and after that, he was down with his knee injury for a very long time. He holds world record of being the quickest player to take 100 wickets in only 59 matches.
Pathan played in IPL for some seasons too.
Pathan came to entertainment media by participating in Jhalak Dikhla Ja season 8 in 2015 and showed his dancing talent. He also formed Pathan Cricket Academy along with his brother, Yusuf Pathan. This multi talented man achieved his dream and inspired so many youths to be dedicated in life.