Irfan Pathan Proposes A Match Between The Retired Indian Eleven And The Current Indian Eleven

Irfan Pathan, the former Indian all-rounder on Saturday proposed a charity-cum-farewell match between the retired players and the current Indian side. Irfan Pathan had announced his retirement from all forms of the game on January 4, 2020, after featuring in 29 Tests, 120 ODIs, and 24 T20Is for India, bagging 100 Test, 173 ODI and 28 T20I wickets. He also managed to score 1105 Test, 1544 ODI and 172 T20I runs averaging 31.89,23.39 and 24.57 respectively. He had scored one test ton besides 7 half-centuries in Tests and 5 half-centuries in ODI. His proposal comes after several cricketers and non-cricketers

Irfan Pathan Proposes A Match Between The Retired Indian Eleven And The Current Indian Eleven
Irfan Pathan,

Irfan Pathan, the former Indian all-rounder on Saturday proposed a charity-cum-farewell match between the retired players and the current Indian side. Irfan Pathan had announced his retirement from all forms of the game on January 4, 2020, after featuring in 29 Tests, 120 ODIs, and 24 T20Is for India, bagging 100 Test, 173 ODI and 28 T20I wickets. He also managed to score 1105 Test, 1544 ODI and 172 T20I runs averaging 31.89,23.39 and 24.57 respectively. He had scored one test ton besides 7 half-centuries in Tests and 5 half-centuries in ODI.

His proposal comes after several cricketers and non-cricketers urged the board to arrange farewell matches for the retired Indian players, especially those who have not got proper send-offs. Earlier, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren had requested the BCCI to arrange a proper farewell match for former skipper MS Dhoni, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Independence Day having led India to 2007 T20 and 2011 World Cup wins.

Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan (Credits – Twitter)

Irfan Pathan Already Decided Upon Retired XI Squad

Irfan Pathan also decided upon the retired XI squad which consists of

  1. Gautam Gambhir-winning captain of KKR in 2012 and 2014 besides playing a crucial role in finals of both 2007 and 2011 World Cup where he scored 75 and 97 respectively
  2. Virender Sehwag-opener who scored 319 against South Africa in the test which was fastest and highest by Indian
  3. Rahul Dravid-One of the cricketers to score 10,000 runs in both ODIs and Tests
  4. VVS Laxman- remembered for his classy 281 against Australia following on which India won
  5. Yuvraj Singh- the man of the tournament in 2011 World Cup
  6. Suresh Raina- an acrobatic fielder and decided to retire along with MS Dhoni
  7. MS Dhoni-winner of two world cups T20I in 2007 and 50 over in 2011,
  8. Irfan Pathan- all-rounder pacer who also opened the batting often
  9. Ajit Agarkar-288 wickets in 191 ODIs and a Test ton
  10. Zaheer Khan-44 world cup wickets in only 23 matches
  11. Pragyan Ojha-the spinner who played 24 tests, 18 ODIs and 6 T20Is picking up 113,21 and 10 wickets

“Many people are talking about a farewell game for retired players who didn’t get a proper send-off from the game. How about a charity cum farewell game from a team consisting of retired players vs the current Indian team,” Pathan tweeted.

 

The 39-year-old MS Dhoni also played 131 first-class matches and scored 7,038 runs at an average of 36.84 having represented Bihar, East Zone, and Jharkhand in the domestic circuit.

Irfan Pathan Had Requested BCCI To Allow Them To Participate In Foreign Leagues

Earlier, Irfan Pathan had also requested the BCCI to allow cricketers to participate in foreign T20 leagues like Caribbean Premier League adding that the board can give permission to those players who are out of reckoning to get back in colours.

Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan. Credits: Twitter

He had played his last IPL game in 2017 and played for Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions. The 35-year-old Irfan Pathan had played a critical role in the final of the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup against in 2007 in South Africa.

The left-arm pacer picked up three wickets and returned with the career-best figures of 3-16 in his four overs and was unanimously named as the Player of the Match. Irfan Pathan is one of the three bowlers to have claimed a Test hat-trick for India and the first and the only one in the world to claim it in the first over of the match against Pakistan in 2006. He last played an ODI for India in 2012 against Sri Lanka, while his last T20I came on the same year against South Africa but his last Test came in 2008 against South Africa.

 

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