Double-World Cup winner Yusuf Pathan declares retirement from all cricket


“Time has come this day for me to build a rotund end to this innings of my lifestyles,” 38-12 months-broken-down allrounder says

Yusuf Pathan, the gargantuan-hitting allrounder who modified into portion of the Indian teams that won the 2007 World T20 as well because the 2011 World Cup, has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. “The time has come this day for me to build a rotund end to this innings of my lifestyles,” Pathan, 38, mentioned in a voice, which he released on social media.

Yusuf, who final conducted for India on March 30, 2012 in a T20I in Johannesburg, conducted 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is between 2007 and 2012. In ODIs, he scored 810 runs at a median of 27.00 and strike rate of 113.60, with two centuries, whereas furthermore deciding on up 33 wickets. In T20Is, his 236 runs got right here at a strike rate of 146.58, and he furthermore picked up 13 wickets.

He made his first-class debut for Baroda within the 2001-02 season, now not prolonged after he had made a repute as a batsman who would possibly presumably presumably hit a prolonged ball and an offspinner who had a knack of deciding on up wickets when he modified into picked within the Baroda Beneath-16 crew. He moved up the rungs lickety-split, but it took him a whereas to put himself within the Baroda senior crew, which he succeeded in doing simplest in 2004-05.

His ability to ranking runs lickety-split – he had the ideal strike rate within the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy (minimal 200 runs) – coupled with impressive performances within the 50-over Deodhar Trophy and domestic T20 tournament within the 2006-07 season modified into rewarded with a location in India’s squad for the 2007 World T20. He did now not salvage a game until the final in opposition to Pakistan, despite the indisputable truth that, in which he opened the innings with Gautam Gambhir and scored an eight-ball 15. India won the final by five runs, with the younger Pathan, Irfan, successful the Player-of-the-Match award.

I thank my family, company, followers, teams, coaches and the total country wholeheartedly for the total pork up and treasure. #retirement

— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) February 26, 2021

By the time the 2011 World Cup got right here around, Yusuf modified into a longtime member of India’s white-ball facets, and conducted six games in India’s triumphant high-tail, scoring 74 runs at a strike rate of 115.62 and bowling 35 overs at an economic system rate of 4.77 – he picked up totally 1 wicket.

“A hit two World Cups for India and lifting Sachin Tendulkar on my shoulders possess been one of the absolute most realistic moments of my career,” Yusuf mentioned. He furthermore called his brother Irfan his “spine” and mentioned he modified into “repeatedly there for me for the interval of the highs and lows of my career”.

Yusuf modified into a prime cog within the Rajasthan Royals wheel of their high-tail to the title within the inaugural IPL, when he scored 435 runs with four fifties at a strike rate of 179. He modified into the Player of the Match within the IPL 2008 final, taking 3 for 22 in four overs after which hitting 56 off 39.

In February 2010, after a spell out of the Indian crew, he build his name relieve within the reckoning with a 190-ball, unbeaten double-century as West Zone sealed the ideal first-class high-tail ever within the 2010 Duleep Trophy final.

Yusuf went on to possess more success within the IPL, with the Kolkata Knight Riders. He modified into sold for USD 2.1 million (INR 9.4 crore approx.) within the mega auction by the Knight Riders, the joint 2d-absolute most realistic characterize on the auction that 12 months, and stayed with the franchise for six years until 2017. He modified into portion of every their title triumphs in 2012 and 2014. In 2014, he hit what modified into then the quickest fifty in IPL history, attending to the label in exactly 15 balls in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad on 72 off 22 balls, ensuring the Knight Riders carried out 2d on the league desk. Yusuf’s half of-century remained the quickest ever within the tournament until KL Rahul got there in 14 balls in 2018.

He had earlier hit a 37-ball hundred within the 2010 edition, in opposition to Mumbai Indians, which remained the quickest century within the IPL until Chris Gayle got there in 30 balls in 2013.

Total, Yusuf made 3204 runs in 174 IPL games, at a median of 29.12 and a strike rate of 142.97. He picked up 42 wickets, at a median of 33.69 and an economic system of 7.40.

Yusuf modified into sold by Sunrisers Hyderabad within the IPL 2018 auction, and conducted for the franchise for 2 years. He went unsold in 2020 and 2021.

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