Irfan Pathan is an Indian cricketer who made his debut for India in the 2003/04 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and was a core member of the national team until a decline in form set in during 2006, forcing him out of the team.
Irfan Pathan’s parents wanted him to become an Islamic scholar but Irfan and elder brother Yusuf took an interest in cricket at a young age. Both would play inside the mosque where their father worked as muezzin.
Irfan Pathan was chosen for Baroda Under-15 level in a national competition. It was at exactly that point that he was at long last given a full set of cricket kit. Prior to that day, he was confined to second-hand cricketing gear because of his family's restricted financial conditions.
He made his first Test appearance at the age of 19 against Australia at Adelaide Oval on December 12, 2003. Amid a similar series, he likewise made his ODI appearance at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on January 9, 2004.
Following his impressive performances in 2004, Pathan was named ICC Emerging Player of the Year in 2004.
Irfan Pathan is 8th in the list of all-time highest wicket taker in ODIs for India. He is also the fastest Indian player to reach one hundred wickets ODIs.
It was a proud moment for the Pathan family. When both brothers were selected for ICC World T20 2007
Irfan told CricketCountry in an interview, “When he (Yusuf) played the final, that was the moment for me. Our dream was coming through. Then, the icing on the cake was to win the World Cup. There is a picture where I was on his back and he was carrying me around. That was like we were playing in the backyard again, but on a bigger stage and in a bigger backyard. It was something really special and that day was a dream come true.”