He was born in Baroda, Gujrat, on October 27, 1984. He grew up alongside his half-brother Yusuf Pathan, another star Indian cricketer, as a part of their extended family. Cricket became a greater fascination for both boys, despite their family’s desire for them to become Islamic clerics.
Irfan was a member of the Baroda cricket teams for players aged 14 and 15, and he took part in the state of Baroda’s competition for the National Level Cricket Championship. After that, during the 2000-01 cricket season, he made his debut in the First-Class competition. As a direct consequence of his training at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, he was able to collect six wickets while competing in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in 2002. The year after that, he received an invitation for him and the Indian A team to go to England.
In the Under-19 Asian One Day International (ODI) Cricket Tournament in Pakistan in 2003, he took 18 wickets with a Bowling Average of 7.38.
He is an Indian cricketer. Batting left-handed and bowling left-arm medium quick are his specialties. Most of his career was spent as a bowler, although his bat sometimes contributed to some excellent runs at the bottom of the order.
At the tender age of 13, he was already being hailed as a promising cricketer. He played for Baroda in teams as young as U-14, U-15, U-16, and U-19. For India’s under-15 team, he also played. He was excellent with the bat and the ball, and his performances only got better as time went on.
As a result, he was drafted into the U-22 squad. Against Saurashtra, he returned with a batting average of 4/71 and a touchdown total of 44. He was elevated to the India Emerging Players team after this performance.
- Test And One-Day International Debuts
He had a difficult time during the match, only managing to take one wicket (which belonged to Matthew Hayden) while allowing 160 runs to be scored. During the One-Day International (ODI) Cricket match between India and Australia, both countries were competing against one another. During the match, he was responsible for two wickets while also allowing 61 runs.
As a result of a bad performance, as per Pathan was omitted from the squad at the beginning of the year, but he was recalled for the Indian Oil Cup in Sri Lanka in August 2005, where he took six wickets. Later in the Videocon Triangular Series, he had his finest one-day international performance, taking five wickets and allowing only 27 runs against Zimbabwe.
On December 12, 2003, Irfan made his international debut against Australia in a Test match at Adelaide. This can be seen from his test match highlights. As a result, he took 1/160 and scored only one run throughout the game. In the next match, he was defeated. Two test matches later, he was given another opportunity, but he again failed to impress with 3/106 in the contest.
He was the leading wicket-taker in the tri-nation ODI series against Australia and Zimbabwe that followed. During the series, he had a total of 16 wickets. Against Zimbabwe, he was awarded his first-ever Man of the Match award.
He added a couple more titles to his resume. He became the third bowler in the world to take 21 wickets in a two-Test series against Zimbabwe in 2005. When he was elevated to the middle of the order, his batting began to shine, and he got a couple of half a century while batting at number three.
India’s 350-run victory against Sri Lanka was sparked by his 83-run innings. Also, in the series, he scored 4/37 and 3/38 and received two Man of the Match accolades.
As a Test cricketer, he likewise excelled in both categories. Against Sri Lanka, his then-Test-best innings of 93 runs again set the match for India. For the squad, his fifty-wicket hauls in Test cricket were a welcome addition.
- Points At Which Things Go Wrong
His performance has dipped significantly after his World T20 triumph.
He returned to the Indian squad a few times, but none of those appearances lasted long. Domestically, he had a poor record. When the national side last faced South Africa in a Twenty20 match in 2012, he made his last appearance. Since then, he’s been unable to make a return.
- The Club Career
In 2005, he was a member of the Middlesex football team. In addition, he has only played in the Indian Premier League.
Since the start of the IPL in 2008, he has been a three-year member of the Kings XI Punjab squad. For the next three years, he played for the Delhi Daredevils.
In the Indian Premier League, he was unable to live up to expectations. His teams have changed every year since then as a result of this. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, and Rising Pune Supergiant were among the teams he played for between 2014 and 2017.
A hat-trick in the opening over of a Test match has only been taken by one bowler, Irfan Pathan.
Additionally, he owns the Guinness World Record for the quickest ODI double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets (1059 days).
He has scored 1105 runs at an average of 31.57 in 29 Test matches. He’s got six fives under his belt and a century under his belt. At 32.26 on average, he has taken precisely 100 wickets in 100 Tests. On the lanes, his greatest performance is a 7/59.
In 120 ODIs, he has scored 1544 runs at an average of 23.39. One-day internationals: 5 fifty. At 29.72 with 5/27, his highest is 173 wickets at a rate of 29.72.
He has played 24 Twenty20 Internationals and scored 172 runs. Since his debut, he has taken 28 wickets at an average of 22.07 and an economy rate of 8.02.
He was a member of the team and then not. The selectors were obliged to bring him back because of his potential and abilities, but his inconsistent play kept him out of the squad time and time again.