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Irfan Pathan announces retirement from all forms of cricket

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He has been practically retired for a while and has now confirmed it officially. Wish he had a better career than he did given his potential, but he had quite a few noteworthy performances and served the team well. He seems to be doing a good job as a talent spotter, hope his work helps talented youngsters to get good opportunities to showcase their talent.

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What a talent. Mismanaged by the team, coach and the selectors of that time period. He had the ability to swing the ball and take wickets and also bat decently. He turned to be a trundler in the end bowling cutters and smashed by bong boys of all teams. I believe he told once that he was forced to play when he had some niggle and it worsened it. Stupid from the selector who told him to do so

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When there was swing he was very good but when pitch became flat he did not too many other weapons.His Hatrick in Karachi test summed up his career.Pakistan amassed 599 in second innings.

 

If he was playing today, he would have been great asset to this test team as a fourth bowler and capable no7 .

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9 minutes ago, putrevus said:

If he was playing today, he would have been great asset to this test team as a fourth bowler and capable no7 .

yup he wud have been one of most valueable player today

He was good enough to bat 6, 7 in test cricket and he cud have been no.4 option when we had the problem thats how sound of a batting he had 

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A very good player for India who gave some fantastic performances, last played for India more than 7 years back wish his career was a bit longer on international stage but he was never the same after injuries kept troubling him. No doubt was a very capable batsman.
Part of memorable victories in Australia & Pak during his first two tours, WT-20 win in 2007, CB series' final over, that T20 win in SL along with Yousuf when we were down & out. Thanks for the memories & good luck to him for his academy.

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A wonderful prospect who somehow didn't go onto do things he was fully capable of. His first 2-3 years were such a dream, runs at crucial junctures, wickets regularly with some wonderful swing bowling, giving it his all every single time, looked so eager to grab any opportunities that came his way. IIRC he had his first 100 ODI wickets@25 and was aevraging 30ish with the bat as well, won the ICC Young Cricketer of the year award in 2004.

 

Then came the dark days of 2006-07 - a cursed season for Indian cricket . Zaheer, Sehwag, Irfan all lost their way. The first two made grand comebacks but Irfan could not really get his career back on track despite being key to our 2007 T20 WC win and the performances on 2007-8 Aus tour. 

 

Has a great career ahead of him as a commentator especially in Hindi.

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Still remember how he got picked for the 03 tour to Australia after taking a 9fer against Bangladesh in an under19 game. He was a brilliant propsect then.

 

Played important role as a bowler in many games and was more than handy with the bat during the time his bowling was on drcline.

 

Farewell Irfan. Well done.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the memories, Irfan!

A career that started with so much promise, but unfortunately did not live up to it. 

From a fan's perspective, his career is likely amongst the most heartbreaking, as most of the fans were willing him onto realize his all rounder potential well after he last played for Team India.

I met him once back whilst he was still in the India squad and he came across as an extremely simple & friendly individual. Hope he makes it big in media.

Whilst there may be regrets, he should look back on his career with pride! His early exploits were duly recognized by the selectors and he didn't end up being a domestic performer like Amol Muzumdar, Bhaskar Pillai, Carlton Saldanha etc.

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12 minutes ago, putrevus said:

He never had pace to last as fast a bowler.I dont't think he would have done a lot even if he was injury free.

he use to bowl at 130-140k when he came in which is enough, his strength was swing . He had a regular habbit of giving breakthrough at start ...had he kept playing injury free he wud have improved. Biggest issue was he kept changing action every year.  Even when he was loosing it he still was one the vital player who won use 2007 t20 Wc. He had enough talent rest is always progress . Vaas was in similar speed range n had good career 

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29 minutes ago, Ankit_sharma03 said:

he use to bowl at 130-140k when he came in which is enough, his strength was swing . He had a regular habbit of giving breakthrough at start ...had he kept playing injury free he wud have improved. Biggest issue was he kept changing action every year.  Even when he was loosing it he still was one the vital player who won use 2007 t20 Wc. He had enough talent rest is always progress . Vaas was in similar speed range n had good career 

Unlike SL , India don't play Bangladesh or Zimbawae that much where Pathan could have padded his stats, I rate Vass as a far better bowler.

 

If you avg 50  with ball in your home country and you won't last long.

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13 minutes ago, putrevus said:

Unlike SL , India don't play Bangladesh or Zimbawae that much where Pathan could have padded his stats, I rate Vass as a far better bowler.

Actually pathan did pad his stats against those countries but its not that he didnt do well in aus in his 1st tour infact he was decent in cb series we won there. Vaas ended up better becoz he didny have these issue what made irfan suffer. But no one can deny in his 1st year he was a bloody good bowler 

13 minutes ago, putrevus said:

If you avg 50  with ball in your home country and you won't last long.

In test anyways in long he wud have had to keep his place being all rounder as in later year a huge crops of bowlers came

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Just now...I thought he was gone for ages..

Anyway, hope he enjoys hi life after retirement.. 

Irfan  is another case of unfulfilled potential... he could have achieved  some more given the way he started.

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6 hours ago, Ankit_sharma03 said:

Actually pathan did pad his stats against those countries but its not that he didnt do well in aus in his 1st tour infact he was decent in cb series we won there. Vaas ended up better becoz he didny have these issue what made irfan suffer. But no one can deny in his 1st year he was a bloody good bowler 

In test anyways in long he wud have had to keep his place being all rounder as in later year a huge crops of bowlers came

No he didn't do well in Aust, all he did was pick up odd wicket here and there.He was not threat with old ball either.Vass averaged 26 in SL and picked up wickets against all teams in SL.

 

He would have made better fit as an all rounder to this current test team instead of Pandya.As he could have played a third seamer on green top wickets and IMO had better batting technique than Pandya.

 

He got hype as India was craving for fast bowlers.

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20 minutes ago, putrevus said:

No he didn't do well in Aust, all he did was pick up odd wicket here and there.He was not threat with old ball either.Vass averaged 26 in SL and picked up wickets against all teams in SL.

Go check the number irfan was the highest wkt taker in cb series 2003. No one becomes highest wkt taker in a series picking wkts here n there. 

In the next series in pak he  came n changed the complexion of series as he provided edge in bowling. He didnt play 1st 2 odi or else he wud have been the highest wkt taker there as well

Then asia cup happened again he was the highest wkt taker.

 

So he found success with his bowling. Problem was he wasnt able to maintain, his failure came when his bowling declined big time. Which means nothing wrong with what he came infact he found great success but he lost what he came in with so he lost his success

 

Coz vaas played a whole career there irfan career went down the hill very soon. Zak also repaired his stats from 2007 only. When u play long u get mature n u fix up problem areas ....kumble also took a lot of time to fix overseas stats. Irfan bowling became worse n worse that doesnt mean he didnt have talent so was the case witj balaji, sreesanth, rp, munaf...all came in bloody good but we didnt have the proper culture for fast bowling. 

20 minutes ago, putrevus said:

He would have made better fit as an all rounder to this current test team instead of Pandya.As he could have played a third seamer on green top wickets and IMO had better batting technique than Pandya.

In test yes true technically he was very sound. If im given pathan at good to decent form today ill take him over pandya . 

 

In odi both wud have played diff role. Irfan batting was more suited to bat up hardik is a power hitter

20 minutes ago, putrevus said:

He got hype as India was craving for fast bowlers.

It wasnt hype only he performed  very well in 1st year....u cant create hype without doing anything

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1 hour ago, Ankit_sharma03 said:

Go check the number irfan was the highest wkt taker in cb series 2003. No one becomes highest wkt taker in a series picking wkts here n there. 

In the next series in pak he  came n changed the complexion of series as he provided edge in bowling. He didnt play 1st 2 odi or else he wud have been the highest wkt taker there as well

Then asia cup happened again he was the highest wkt taker.

 

So he found success with his bowling. Problem was he wasnt able to maintain, his failure came when his bowling declined big time. Which means nothing wrong with what he came infact he found great success but he lost what he came in with so he lost his success

 

Coz vaas played a whole career there irfan career went down the hill very soon. Zak also repaired his stats from 2007 only. When u play long u get mature n u fix up problem areas ....kumble also took a lot of time to fix overseas stats. Irfan bowling became worse n worse that doesnt mean he didnt have talent so was the case witj balaji, sreesanth, rp, munaf...all came in bloody good but we didnt have the proper culture for fast bowling. 

In test yes true technically he was very sound. If im given pathan at good to decent form today ill take him over pandya . 

 

In odi both wud have played diff role. Irfan batting was more suited to bat up hardik is a power hitter

It wasnt hype only he performed  very well in 1st year....u cant create hype without doing anything

I am taking about test cricket.I don't think he had any outstanding spell in that CB series either.He was very good for Indian attack in 2003.

 

Irfan was very good with new ball. and he would have made perfect 3rd seamer.Zak never had the ability to run thru batting lineups even at his best as he never had fitnesss.

 

2007-08 cb series had India's best odi bowling attack.

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