Irfan Khan Pathan
Since Kapil Dev, India has not produced a better swing bowler than Irfan Pathan. Breaking into the International scene as a young teenager, Irfan made his mark right away and became India’s first choice new-ball bowler. Pathan lost his swing abruptly by 2005 and was left out from the national team for dismal shows. He was given the nod again, but could not match the early year displays.
|Role:||Left arm medium bowler|
|Weight (approx.):||73 Kg|
|Date of Birth:||27 October 1984|
|Age (as on 2018):||34 years|
|Birth Place:||Baroda, Gujarat|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||Scorpio|
|School:||MES High School, Baroda|
|Father:||Mehmood Khan Pathan|
|Sister:||Shagufta Pathan (Younger)|
|Brother:||Yusuf Pathan (Step-brother)|
|Address:||Single-storey duplex at Haji Duplex in Tandalja, Vadodara|
|Test:||12 December 2003 v Australia|
|ODI:||9 January 2004 v Australia|
|Jersey Number:||56 (India), 56 (IPL, County Cricket)|
|Domestic/State Team:||Baroda, Middlesex, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings|
|Nature on field:||Aggressive|
|Likes to play against:||Pakistan|
- Quickest Indian to 100 ODI wickets
- Pathan holds the World record for the double – 1000 runs and 100 wickets in the quickest time in an ODI career. It took him 1059 days to achieve the feat.
- Took record 9 wickets in a match in Under-19 World Cup in 2003.
|Career Turning Point:|
- Selection in the National Test team against Australia (2003)
|Hobbies:||Playing Table Tennis and Volleyball|
|Favourite Batsmen:||Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Vivian RIchards, Hashim Amla|
|Favourite Bowlers:||Wasim Akram and Dale Steyn|
|Favourite Cricket Ground:||NA|
|Favourite sports personalities:||NA|
|Favourite Food:||Biryani, Methi Keema, Mixed Vegetable, Paya and Mango|
|Favourite Actors:||Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Juhi Chawla|
|Favourite Films:||Hera Pheri|
|Cars Collection:||C200 Mercedes|
|Girlfriends, Spouse and Children|
|Wife/Spouse:||Safa Baig (Model)|
|Children:||Imran Khan Pathan (born 2016)|
|Net Worth:||$3 million (As on December 2017)|
|Awards and recognitions|
- In early 2006, Pathan became the only bowler to take a Test hat-trick in the first over of the match (vs Pakistan at Karachi).
- Pathan was named by the International Cricket Council as the 2004 Emerging Player of the Year.
The Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan was criticised by many on Instagram as well as on his Facebook page for being un-Islamic
|Lesser Known Facts|
- According to Pathan, he modelled his action by watching Pakistan great Wasim Akram.
- Javed Miandad, Pakistan’s coach had stated that Irfan is ‘Galli ka Spearhead’ and bowlers like him play in every street of Pakistan after comparisons of him and Wasim Akram gained some steam in the media. Pathan gave a befitting reply to the Pakistani great, taking a hat-trick in the very next Test match in Karachi. His father, Mehboob Khan reportedly went to personally meet the legend after the match.
- Irfan travelled to England to play a few games for Middlesex in 2005.
- Irfan Pathan runs the Cricket Academy of Pathans jointly with Yusuf Pathan. The academy has tied up with former India coach Greg Chappell and Cameron Tradell as chief mentors. Chappell would coach the coaches of the Academy.
- Pathan was a contestant in the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2015.