Irfan Pathan Revealed The Reason Behind His Retirement

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Irfan Pathan is regarded as one of the finest all-rounders India has produced. All thanks to his mesmerizing bowling spells that not just he became a World T20 champion but also went on to become a cult hero for the youngsters.

Irfan Pathan, who made his debut against Australia in December 2003, at the young age of 19-years only and it was in January this year when he decided to hang his boots. During his glorious career, he played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs, and 24 T20Is for India, where he picked up a total of 301 international wickets.

On Monday, Irfan Pathan revealed why he chose to retire from all forms of the game this year. He revealed that from the last few years he was feeling as if no one wanted to pick him in the national side after seeing his performances in domestic cricket.

Well, recently, Yusuf Pathan went live in an interaction session on Instagram with Mohammad Kaif, this is when Irfan also decided to feature in the interaction. During the interaction, Irfan revealed:

“It was looking like people had decided that they do not want to take me in the side, it was seeming so from the last two-three years, I was swinging the ball, I was in good form in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, I was performing well with both bat and ball in Ranji Trophy, even then if you are not getting into the side, its a signal for a player to stay home,”

He added:

“If you keep on playing domestic cricket even if you are not being picked then you are taking the chance away from someone who can get selected and you end up losing respect as well. I could play domestic cricket even today for Jammu and Kashmir, but there is good talent there and you have to shape up talent. Even today, I can play but you need to look at the real picture,”