Top 5 moments of Irfan Pathan's career

Top 5 moments of Irfan Pathan’s career

Irfan Pathan gave us so many immortal moments in his stop-start career that it is impossible to think.

Irfan Pathan hat-trick
Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Another star that the Millenials grew up watching, has announced his retirement from all forms of the game- Irfan Pathan. Once referred to be the next big thing in Indian and World cricket, Pathan’s career was a tale of two contrasting halves.

The first half saw him bamboozle attacks for fun, win games for India with both the bat and the ball while the second half was all about managing his fitness, waiting patiently for his chance that never arrived. Irfan played his last International game for Team India at the age of 28. His last ODI saw him notch up a five-wicket haul. He is the only bowler with the most number of ODI wickets (173) who never got to play a World Cup game.

Yet Irfan Pathan gave us so many immortal moments in his stop-start career that it is impossible to think – ‘What could have been’? That said, this article is all about going down memory lane and reminisce the ‘once in a generation’ talent that was Irfan Pathan.

Here’s a look at five of his greatest moments:

5. Bamboozling Adam Gilchrist’s stumps in his debut series (2003-04)

Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

“Bowled him!!! What a ripper!! That was the one they needed. He went over the wicket and has got him. Pathan has provided the breakthrough that might well just win the game for India.” – These immortal words of Bill Lawry will always echo in the minds of Irfan Pathan’s fans.

Sydney Test 2004. India, on the back of a 241 from Sachin Tendulkar and a 178 from VVS Laxman, had posted 705 in their first innings and needed to get Australia out cheaply to push for a victory. They had managed to get past the top 6 but still needed to dismiss the ever-so dangerous Adam Gilchrist.

Irfan ran in, bowled a virtual unplayable inswinging yorker, one that not only left Gilly gobsmacked but also proceeded to bamboozle his stumps. That delivery by Pathan was in a nutshell, the amount of precocious talent he had at his disposal when he initially burst on the scene.