Veteran India bowling all-rounder Irfan Pathan on Saturday decided to hang up his boots and officially announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket. The left-arm pacer played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India, scalping a total of 301 international wickets.
“I want to thank all my teammates. I never thought I would come from Baroda and play with heavyweights like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag…I want to thank my family, coaches, teammates but most of all I want to thank my fans,” he said.
Irfan had hogged the limelight following an impressive show on the tour of Pakistan in 2004 and played a significant role in some of India”s historic wins in the mid-2000s.