Monday, December 10, 2007

25 Things You should know about Irfan Khan Pathan

Irfan Khan Pathan who is widely known as Irfan Pathan is becoming one of the important part of Indian cricket team. Now-a-days, many cricketers compare him with veteran left-handed bowler Wasim Akram. He started his cricket career as a bowler but now-a-days he is also a good form all rounder. His career doesn’t go same way. He had to overcome many problems in his short cricket career life. However, this young player is fighting against Pakistan team for his own country India. He has already impressed BCCI and expert cricketers with his all rounder form after scoring his maiden century.
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Now, I hope that you are excited to about this unmarried batsman who is half Indian and half Punjabi origin. That is why, I have collected a list of 25 things where you will get all types of news about him.

  1. Full name Irfan Khan Pathan.
  2. Date of birth October 27, 1984, Baroda, Gujarat. He is a scorpion (zodiac sign) by birth.
  3. Irfan Pathan grew up with his elder brother Yusuf in a mosque in Baroda.
  4. His father served as the muezzin.
  5. His parents wished him and his elder brother to become Islamic scholars.
  6. Their games on the grounds off and inside the mosque often necessitated apologies from their father to Muslim worshippers who visited it.
  7. Between these brothers Irfan Pathan was weak. His delivery did not reach the other end of the cricket pitch.
  8. In early 2002, he was selected for the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, where he took six wickets.
  9. In 2003 he was selected for the India A team which travelled to England and played in the domestic Challeger Series.
  10. In late 2003, he was selected for the India Under-19 team to compete in an Asian ODI competition in Pakistan, where he was the leading bowler with 18 wickets.
  11. He caught the attention when he claimed 9/16 against Bangladesh.
  12. He also helped India to emerge victorious over Sri Lanka in the final, taking 3/33. For his impressive performance selected him in Indian national cricket.
  13. He made his Test debut in the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in December, 2003.
  14. He is the 27th Muslim to play Test for India.
  15. When he was 19 then he opened the bowling following an injury to the Baroda left-armer Zaheer Khan in a high scoring match.
  16. Australian batting great Matthew Hayden was his first victim.
  17. He was dropped for the following Test upon the return of Zaheer, but was recalled for the Fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground after Zaheer was reported being unfit.
  18. Irfan Pathan became second youngest Indian to capture a four-wicket match haul when he returned the figures of 4 for 24 against Zimbabwe at Perth.
  19. His maiden four-wicket haul came against Zimbabwe he was at the age of 19 years and 99 days.
  20. He became third youngest Indian player to win ‘Man of the match’ award after Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh.
  21. He debut his ODI match against Australia in Jan 9, 2004.
  22. Recently he got his maiden Test century against Pakistan in the third test of the series on December 8, 2007.
  23. Irfan Khan Pathan was considered known as the most talented swing and seam bowler to emerge from India since Kapil Dev.
  24. He is also a well-known all-rounder. Within a couple of years in international cricket, he was thought of as a possible successor for Kapil in the allround department.
  25. India left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan (5-61) took a hat-trick in the first over, the first bowler to do so in the Test cricket history in first over of the third and final Test against Pakistan on Sunday.

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