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IRFAN PATHAN

Irfan Pathan born on 27 October 1984 made his debut for India in the 2003/04 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and has been a core member of the Indian national team.

Beginning his career as a fast-medium swing and seam bowler, Pathan broke into the national team soon after turning 19. He was named by the ICC as the 2004 Emerging Player of the Year. He was instrumental in India's One-day international and Test series wins in Pakistan in 2004. In late 2004 he took 18 wickets in two Test matches against Bangladesh

Irfan improved his batting skills and tried to become a complete bowling all-rounder. He opened the batting on occasions in ODIs and scored 93 in a Test match (10 Dec 2005, versus Sri Lanka in Delhi). He scored above 80 thrice, in space of four Test innings against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He rose to No. 2 in the ICC's ODI rankings for all-rounders and was also in the top five in the Test rankings.

In early 2006, he became the only bowler to take a Test hat-trick in the first over of the match against Pakistan at Karachi.

Irfan was a part of the Indian team in September 2007 for the inaugural World Twenty20 Cup, where he took three wickets and was man of the match as India beat Pakistan in the historic finals.

He started his Indian Premier League career for the Kings XI Punjab and was picked as an all-rounder in the 2008 auction for USD 925,000. Pathan played the dual role of being their strike bowler with his swing and seam movement that he purchased off the wicket in the initial overs. He also came back towards the end of the innings to bowl those Yorkers and the slower ones with efficiency. He was at the peak of his performance and career during his stay with the KXIP and was the leading wicket taker for them with 47 wickets in 42 games during the first three seasons.

Irfan was then bought in by the Delhi Daredevils for $ 1.8million. He ensured that his tenure of three years with the Delhi Daredevils was fruitful enough, by adding a few more variations to his bowling arsenal and taking 29 wickets. He also played a few cameos, and scored 468 runs for the DD. He was, on a few occasions, pushed higher up the order by the team management on number three position. He also finished some batting lower down the order, playing apt for his tag of 'all-rounder.'

The Sun Risers Hyderabad mentored by Indian batting legend VVS Laxman, recognised his vitality for the balance of the squad and availed Irfan Pathan’s services for INR 2,40,00,000.

In the 8 seasons the India all-rounder has played 98 matches in the IPL and has taken 80 wickets at an economy of 7.75 which is pretty decent as per the T20 standards. At the same time he has scored 1126 runs with the willow with a strike rate of 121. Over the years Irfan has built for himself, the reputation of being an overall package for the team and fits in various roles with the bat and the ball. His experience enables him to handle extreme pressure situations with utmost composure, that takes his stake a notch higher, as an asset to the team.

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