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Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan

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Batting Style: Left Handed

DOB: 27th Oct 1984

Bowling Style: Left-arm medium fast

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Career Stats
Batting & Fielding
Format Mat Inns NO Runs Avge HS BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct st
Tests 29 40 5 1105 31.57 102 2076 53.23 1 6 131 18 8 0
ODIs 120 87 21 1544 23.39 83 1941 79.55 0 5 142 37 21 0
T20is 24 14 7 172 24.57 33* 144 119.44 0 0 9 7 2 0
First Class 113 162 25 4118 30.06 121 7444 55.32 3 23 505 67 29 0
List A 185 135 31 2375 22.84 83 2945 80.65 0 9 201 62 35 0
T20s 172 135 51 1916 22.81 65* 1537 124.66 0 2 140 67 43 0
Bowling
Format Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
Tests 29 54 5884 212 3226 100 32.26 3.29 58.84 7/59 2 7 2
ODIs 120 118 5855 53 5143 173 29.73 5.27 33.84 5/27 5 2 0
T20is 24 23 462 1 618 28 22.07 8.03 16.5 3/16 0 0 0
First Class 113 190 20007 695 10457 365 28.65 3.14 54.81 7/35 15 18 3
List A 185 182 9075 87 7685 262 29.33 5.08 34.64 5/27 7 2 0
T20s 172 167 3475 22 4378 169 25.91 7.56 20.56 5/13 2 1 0
Profile

Irfan Pathan was the latest in a long line of potential all-rounders who came with the epithet ‘The Next Kapil Dev’. But being the next Kapil Dev isn’t easy, especially if you are practically anointed for the job. And so it was that the prodigal son went from being India’s best bet with the ball to someone who could bowl a bit and bat a bit before vanishing from the scene altogether. He was Greg Chappell’s blue-eyed boy. And Irfan did play a big part in India's One-day international and Test series wins in Pakistan in 2004, through his exploits with the ball. But the batting was improving around the same time and gradually, his bowling dipped. The prodigious movement into the right-handers was still there, but the pace had dipped by yards. But while a hat trick in the Karachi Test in 2006 raised hopes again, by the end of the year, he was sent back from the South Africa tour and then taken for the 2007 World Cup and not fielded even once. The 2007 World Twenty20 was a happy break as he won the man of the match award in the final against Pakistan, but then it was back to the wilderness. Was it the Chappell Effect? Or did the early success go to his head? Surely Irfan should have achieved a lot more? But the good thing is that he is initiating a turnaround. The pace isn’t quite what is was back in 2003, but the new Irfan is a more mature athlete who knows what he is capable of and is willing to earn his wickets instead of expecting them easily. That’s what pushed Delhi Daredevils to buy him in 2011 and though he didn’t set the Indian Premier League on fire, he looks a lot stronger and surer now. He is back in the India team after a strong 2011-12 Ranji Trophy, where he picked up 21 wickets from five games. And though he will probably never be the next Kapil Dev, Indian cricket fans will be happy if he returns to being the Irfan Pathan they had when he started out in 2003.

Last Updated:1st Apr 2016 Author:Shamya Dasgupta
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