India’s Irfan Pathan calls time on career that delivered much less than promised
Pathan, 35, started his career for India in 2003 and at the time was deemed a generational talent, even compared with the great Wasim Akram.
He was an important member of the Indian squad that won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, which included a match-winning three-for in the final against Pakistan.
His finest hours, in both ODIs and Test cricket, came against Pakistan, including the aforementioned final performance as well as a first-over hat-trick against the arch-rivals in Karachi in 2006.
Although primarily picked as a bowler, Pathan also steadily improved his batting skills and at one point was the world’s second-ranked all-rounder.
However, Pathan inexplicably started losing his pace even before the supposed prime of his career. With that went his wicket-taking ability as batsmen found it easy to plunder his overs at international level.
By late 2000s, his career at the top was all but over. He was given another opportunity in the ODIs due to his strong performances in the Indian domestic circuit but he could not extend his career for India beyond that. He last played for India in Oct 2012 in a T20I.
Though it had its moments, Pathan’s career will be remembered as a lost talent that promised a lot more than it delivered.