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Cricketer Yusuf Pathan announces retirement from international cricket

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Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan who is known for his power hitting, on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket.

A statement released by Yusuf Pathan declaring his retirement said, “The time has come for me today to put a full stop to this innings of my life. I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game.”

He further said that winning two World Cups for India and lifting Sachin Tendulkar on his shoulder were some of the best moments of his career.

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“I still remember the day when I wore the Indian jersey for the first time. Since childhood, my life has revolved around cricket and I played cricket at the international level, domestic, and in the Indian Premier League (IPL). I made my international debut under MS Dhoni’s captaincy and IPL debut under Australian legendary spinner Shane Warne,” Pathan said.

Yusuf Pathan is also remembered for winning the IPL trophy when part of the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royal teams. He said younger brother Irfan Pathan was always with him during the high and low points of his career.

“I also thank my coach, friends, BCCI, and BCA for giving me the opportunity to play for the country and the state,” Pathan said.

Yusuf Pathan’s score

Yusuf Pathan made his international debut against Pakistan in ICC T20 Cricket World Cup in 2007. Besides this, he played in IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

He has scored 3204 runs in 174 IPL matches with a strike rate of almost 143. He has scored a century and 13 fifties in IPL. Apart from this, he has picked up 42 wickets.

He further said nothing can keep him away from cricket and his passion for the game will remain the same. “I will continue to entertain everyone in the future.”

His younger brother Irfan Pathan, who also played 120 ODIs for India and several matches in IPL retired from all forms of the game last year. Junior Pathan made his international debut against Australia in Adelaide in 2003 under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly.

 

 

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