'Don't blame anyone' - Irfan Pathan has calm response to fan blaming MS Dhoni behind all-rounder's brief international career

Irfan Pathan last played for India in 2012.

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Former team India all-rounder Irfan Pathan came up with a perfect reply to a fan who blamed former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, for Pathan's omission from the Indian squad back in his playing days. 

At present, Irfan is participating in the ongoing edition of the Legends League Cricket (LLC). Leading the Bhilwara Kings squad, the senior player has given several good performances for his team with both bat and the ball. In the same line of events, a fan took to his Twitter account while expressing his frustration for having not seen the all-rounder play for India after the age of 27.

I can't believe he played his last international game at the age of 29, wrote a user on his Twitter account

"Every time I see Irfan Pathan in these leagues, I curse MS and his management even more... I can't believe, he played the last white ball game at the age of just 29... Perfect no. 7, any team would die for.. But India played Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja), even Binny (Stuart Binny)," a user tweeted.

Replying to his tweet, Irfan wrote, "Don't blame any one. Thank you for love."

One of the best all-rounders to represent India, Pathan made his international debut at the age of 19 against Australia in 2003. The left-arm pacer represented his country last in the 2012 T20 World Cup played in Sri Lanka. 

The prominent all-rounder played in 29 Tests, 24 T20Is, and 120 ODIs. He also played a crucial role in India's triumph during the 2007 T20 World Cup which was led by Dhoni. Pathan finished his career with 301 wickets across all three formats of the game, With the bat, he stroked 11 fifties and his only century came in the Test format. 

Talking about Irfan's numbers in the Indian Premier League, the 37-year-old represented several franchises including the Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Gujarat Lions. Pathan played 103 matches in IPL and scored a total of 1,139 runs and bagged 80 wickets in the toughest franchise-based league in the world. After retirement, Pathan has indulged himself in cricket commentary and panel discussions for official broadcasters and news channels.