Sportzhub’s tribute to Irfan Pathan on Retirement

Irfan Pathan DDIrfan Pathan announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. For a brief period of time he threatened to be the next Kapil Dev with injuries and loss of form derailing him, but Irfan still provided many quite a few moments for Indian fans to cherish. We look at some of the records held by one of India’s successful all-rounders.

Hat-trick against Pakistan in Karachi in the first over itself.

  • Pathan was the 2nd Indian to take a hat-trick in Tests.
  • It was the 1st hat-trick by an Indian pacer in tests.

Here is the list.

Hat-trick by INDIANS in Tests
Bowler Opponent Venue Year
Harbhajan Singh  Aus Kolkata 2001
IK Pathan  Pak Karachi 2006
JJ Bumrah  WI Kingston 2019


Irfan Pathan is the 3rd quickest Indian bowler to take 100 ODI wickets in terms of matches.

Quickest to 100 ODI wickets in terms of matches 
Player Opposition Ground Match Date Mat
Mohammed Shami (INDIA) v New Zealand Napier 23 January 2019 56
JJ Bumrah (INDIA) v Sri Lanka Leeds 06 July 2019 57
IK Pathan (INDIA) v Pakistan Abu Dhabi 19 April 2006 59



Pathan holds the record for being the youngest Indian to take a 5-for in ODIs.

Youngest INDIAN to take a 5-for in ODIs 
Player Age Spell Opposition Ground Match Date
IK Pathan 20y 306d 5/27 v Zimbabwe Harare 29 August 2005
Harbhajan Singh 21y 215d 5/43 v England Mumbai 03 February 2002
A Kumble 23y 41d 6/12 v West Indies Kolkata 27 November 1993


Irfan with his swing and pace on the decline was used in the middle overs and the junior Pathan made the difference in the final taking 3-16. He was named the Man-of the match in the finals of the inaugural ICC World T20 cup, playing a pivotal role in India’s triumph.

Some more memorable moments include his Man of the Match performance in WACA, him opening the batting and bowling against Sri-Lanka in tests.


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