Irfan Pathan hung his boots from international cricket earlier today with immediate effect. The former pacer made the announcement his retirement on Star Sports and said that he knew that he would not come back into the Indian side after 2016 as the selectors were not happy with his despite the fact that he did well in domestic cricket. Post this, many cricketers including Gautam Gambhir, Mohammad Kaif, commentator Harsha Bhogle and others paid a tribute to the cricketer. Now, Irfan’s elder brother Yusuf took to social media and posted a heartfelt note. Irfan Pathan Announces His Retirement From International Cricket.
Yusuf Pathan took to social media and posted a note against the pictures of the two brothers hugging each other. In the note, he wrote how the two brothers pursued their passion for cricket and also described their journey in a brief manner. Yusuf also pointed out that the most memorable moment with Irfan was playing the T20 World Cup with him in South Africa. He signed off the note with a message stating keep smiling.
Check out the tweet below:
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) January 4, 2020
A few other tweets from the cricketing greats.
So many match winning spells, numerous match winning innings, one of the best all arounders I have played with. You are a true champion @IrfanPathan my friend. Good luck for your second innings. Cheers #irfanpathan pic.twitter.com/J5GyGhhQ6g
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 4, 2020
Congratulations @IrfanPathan on an excellent career. So many landmarks, so many highlights. Remember the wide eyed young man at the breakfast table in Australia growing to play a key role in so many memorable moments for India. Tab gend bolti thi ab zubaan bolegi! Mubarak.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2020
Was such a joy to see #IrfanPathan evolve from a aspiring 17yr old cricketer when I first saw him into a mature International Cricketer. You can be very proud of what u have achieved not only as a cricketer but also in mentoring young cricketers from J&K. A very happy 2nd innings pic.twitter.com/T63yF3G7z7
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 4, 2020
"I am announcing retirement from all forms of cricket. I have been fortunate to share the dressing room with greats of the game like Ganguly, Dravid, and Laxman. I am calling time on my career. I would like to thank my family for providing much-needed support. I would like to thank my fans. They have always hoped for my comeback. Their support has kept me going,” Irfan Pathan told Star Sports on Saturday.