5 lesser known records created by Irfan Pathan in his career

5 lesser known records created by Irfan Pathan in his career

Here we look at five lesser-known records held by Irfan Pathan in his career.

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Irfan Pathan of India celebrates. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Irfan Pathan bid adieu to his professional career that spread across two decades as he announced his retirement from all formats of the game. The left-hander stood as India’s hope for filling the gap of an all-rounder role in the mid-2000s. Irfan carried on his career as a strike bowler and a batsman who can step into any role offered. The Baroda all-rounder created many records in his career from being the only bowler to take a hat-trick in the first over of a Test to picking up a 5-wicket haul in his last ODI.

Here we look at five lesser-known records held by Irfan Pathan in his career:

1. Opening with the bat and ball in the same game for India in all formats

Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan
Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan. (Photo: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Irfan was always in line to make a contribution with the bat – be it while batting in the lower order, batting at No.3 or even while opening the innings. Even on the few instances when Irfan opened the batting, he did took the new ball when India bowled. Irfan opened the batting and opened the bowling at least once in the same Test on three instances.

In the 2005 Delhi Test against Sri Lanka, Irfan was promoted to open as a night watchman. In the 2nd innings of the 2006 Mumbai Test, the all-rounder was sent to face the England bowlers as regular opener Virender Sehwag was injured. Later in the 2008 Adelaide Test, Irfan played as an opener in both innings alongside Sehwag. He recorded such feat in the 2005 Kolkata ODI where he walked to bat along with Sachin Tendulkar.

Pathan opened batting and bowling during the 2012 WT20 match against England making him the first Indian with this feat in a T20I game. In that very game, Irfan Pathan also recorded a rare feat of opening the batting and bowling in the same match at least once in all three formats of International Cricket. Till date, only Mohammad Hafeez, Irfan Pathan and Tillakaratne Dilshan have recorded this feat.