'Still the best Indian swing bowler' - Twitter in awe of Irfan Pathan's bowling in Road Safety World Series
Former all-rounder Irfan Pathan rolled back the years to leave fans mesmerized with his swing bowling.
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The India Legends started their campaign with a comprehensive victory against the South Africa Legends in the Road Safety World Series opener on Saturday, the 10th of September. While several legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Jhonty Rhodes were on show in the game, it was the former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan, whose name was on everyone's lips after his terrific swing bowling display.
Irfan Pathan, who has been a feature of the commentary team since his retirement from all forms of the game, rolled back the years by displaying exceptional swing bowling in the opening fixture of the Road Safety World Series. The left arm pacer sent the leg stump for a walk of Eddie Leie in the 18th over dishing out a perfect length ball on the middle stump which swung past the bat, as the batter looked to attack the delivery.
Pathan's performance evoked jubilation from the Indian fans on social media, with some asking the former Indian cricketer to make a return to the national team. The southpaw graciously replied to their remarks and stated, "Ye apka pyar hai."
Stuart Binny and Yusuf Pathan shone with the bat for India Legends
Talking about the match, the Indian team set a daunting total on the back of a scintillating knock from Stuart Binny and Irfan's elder brother Yusuf Pathan, who played a blistering cameo at the end. The recently retired spinner Rahul Sharma was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped three crucial wickets for the team.
Suresh Raina, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket earlier this month, also featured in the match and played some of his trademark shots during his brief stay at the crease. The iconic Sachin Tendulkar set things in motion for the India Legends with a couple of lovely shots at the start of the innings as India piled up a giant total of 217 for 4 in 20 overs. India will next play against West Indies legend on September 14 at the same venue.
Here's how Twitter reacted to his swing bowling:
In 17th over with the old ball Irfan swung the ball back in to the right hander to get his wicket. Irfan still got it in him to swing the ball.— Mischief Managed 🪄 (@0rderofPhoenix) September 10, 2022
Purane din yaad aa gaye.
#RoadSafetyWorldSeries2022 #INDLvsRSAL #irfanpathan @IrfanPathan pic.twitter.com/AUrDZBd6Qs
Still the best INDIAN SWING BOWLER till date. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/B68F6eglWB— Amit. (@iOnlyAJ) September 10, 2022