Full name Irfan Khan Pathan Born October 27, 1984, Baroda, Gujarat Major teams India, Baroda, Middlesex Batting style Left-hand bat Bowling Style Left-arm medium-fast
When Irfan Pathan debuted for India at the young age of 18, he was compared with Kapil Dev. This was a very valid comparison as Pathan had the uncanny ability to pick up wickets and swing the ball on both sides of the wicket. He was noticed in the Under 19 World Cup where he was particularly successful and picked in the national squad for the 2003 Australian tour. He proved his talent and announced his arrival in style. His ODI debut followed soon, and he emerged as India's strike bowler.
Pathan is the only bowler in Test cricket history to have taken a hat trick in the first over of a match. He achieved this feat in the third Test against Pakistan in Karachi in early 2006. Apart from his brilliant bowling, Pathan has also proved to be a very handy batsman. He has chipped in with the bat when required, and that he is not just a pinch hitter can be determined by the fact that he has batted at number three and even opened the batting for India on a few occasions. He has magnificent scores like 83 and 93 to his name.
However, it won't be unfair to say that too much is expected out of this young player, who has of late showed some signs of fatigue. Maybe it would do good if Pathan was relieved of some expectations. He is one of the brightest young stars of world cricket today and a real treasure for India. He will surely go a long way and topple records all along.
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