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IRFAN PATHAN
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Irfan Pathan

(India)

Batting Style Left Hand Bat

Bowling Type

Left Arm Medium Fast
Tests ODI's
Matches 25 73
Runs Scored 835 1006
Batting Average 27.83 25.15
100s/50s -/6 -/5
Top Score 93 83
Balls Bowled 5078 3555
Wickets 91 115
Bowling Average 30.79 25.91
5 wickets in Innings 7 1
10 Wickets in match 2 N/A
Best Bowling 7/59 5/27
Catches /Stumpings 8/- 12/-

As of Feb 17,2007

Source: Cricinfo.com

Irfan was born on October 27, 1984 in Baroda, Gujarat, India.He is an Indian cricketer who has been a member of the Indian national cricket team since late 2003.Beginning his career as a left-arm fast-medium Swing bowler (evoking comparisons with Pakistan's Wasim Akram), medium swing bowler (evoking comparisons with 

Pakistan's Wasim Akram), Pathan improved his batting skills to become a bowling allrounder, even opening the batting on occasions. This led to critics comparing him with former Indian allrounder Kapil Dev

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From playing gully cricket inside the mosque premises to being at the centre of attention of the blue billion,Irfan Pathan’s climb to cricket stardom is the perfect story of rags to riches, the kind you see in movies, the kind that makes you believe and dare to dream, the kind of story that inspires millions in this cricket crazy nation to go and give it their all on the field. Pathan came from a poor family and cricket provided his escape route. And now, here he is, front lining the Indian pace attack, with a Grade-A BCCI contract, with many endorsement deals and able to support his family at the tender age of 22.

 

Amidst all the success that has followed, Pathan still carries a soft spoken down to earth attitude about him. He is still very much a student of the game and willing to learn, to improve, because playing cricket still brings the same joy for him that it did when he had 6 hour sessions in the mosque under the burning sun.

Irfan on A Hatrick

In late 2003, he was selected for the India Under-19 team to compete in an Asian ODI

 

competition in Pakistan, where he was the leading bowler with 18 wickets. This was

 

more than twice that of the second leading wicket-taker.

 

His bowling average of 7.38 was also the best of the tournament and he was named

 

as the player of the tournament.

 

Within a couple of years in International cricket,he was thought of as a possible

 

successor for Kapil Dev in the all around department.His instinct is not merely to

 

what to bowl to whom and when,but also to keep learning new tricks.

 

Pathan began to suffer loss of form during the tour of the West Indies in May

 

2006, when he managed only 24 runs at a batting average of 6 runs and averaging

 

6 wickets at 29.83 while bowling in the ODI arena. After a poor display in a first-

 

class tour match, he was dropped from the Test team as Vikram Singh became

 

the third pace bowler and captain Rahul Dravid scrapped the five bowler

 

strategy.

Indian captain Rahul Dravid remained optimistic about Pathan's prospects, stating "The number of Man-of-the-Matches that Irfan has won is a testimony to the fact that he's a proven matchwinner for us. He takes wickets early, contributes with the bat, is good in the field."

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2004 - ICC Emerging Player of the Year