Watch: What happens when two Pathans across the borders face-off

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Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: Zimbio)

Watch: What happens when two Pathans across the borders face-off: Irfan Khan Pathan is the name of that sensational Indian pacer who has the possession of godsend swinging skills. Pathan’s mastery in swinging the cherry both ways earned him many accolades and there was a time when the Baroda lad drew comparisons with legendary cricketers like Kapil Dev and Wasim Akram. His prodigal swinging abilities were too hot to handle for the batters who were even at their peaks. His incredible swing was as pleasing as anything you would ever see on the 22 yards. He had the ability to make the ball talk.

Pathan was particularly very good against the Pakistani star all-rounder Shahid Afridi. With Afridi you know one thing, either he will blast you all around the park ruthlessly or you would get him out instantly. For Irfan, the Pakistani cricketer was always an easy grab. Afridi was Pathan’s bunny and the Indian left-arm pacer outsmarted him on many occasions. This video is just an illustration of it. Shahid’s struggle against Pathan started from India’s tour of Pakistan in 2004 and has prevailed since then whenever they have locked horns in international cricket.

Out of 8 dismissals in this video, most of the times the Pakistani dasher has tried to launch brutal attack on the Indian pacer and has got outwitted. On 6 occasions, he has got out mistiming the ball to the fielder. While on 2 occasions, Pathan has gone through the defenses of Afridi. The sight of Irfan cleaning up Pakistan’s T20I skipper is a classical sight of prodigal swing bowling. While there have been times when Boom-Boom Afridi has come down the track only to hand over a simple catch to the fielder. Even in the World T20 2007, Lala had got out on Irfan’s bowling.

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