Yusuf Pathan, India’s two-time World Cup winner all-rounder announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday. The older brother of another former India cricketer Irfan Pathan, Yusuf informed about his decision on popular social media platform Twitter. He tweeted, “I thank my family, friends, fans, teams, coaches and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love.”
Yusuf Pathan’s Tweet:
Yusuf’s has also attached a statement along with his Tweet, where he said, “The time has come today for me to put a full stop to this innings of my life. I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game.”
Yusuf scored 810 runs in 57 ODIs and 236 runs in 22 T20Is for India. He also picked up 46 wickets in limited-overs international cricket. The all rounder has also featured in 174 Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, and it was in fact IPL which launched Yusuf into the international stage.
Yusuf Pathan was known for his incredible strike rate of over 130 in all IPL matches. He hit the fastest fifty of the first edition of the IPL, getting to the landmark in just 21 balls. He has also won two IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders.
Yusuf’s IPL moment-to-remember came in 2010, when he made a cracking 37-ball 100 against Mumbai Indians.
Yusuf made his first-class debut back in the 2001-02 domestic season for Baroda against Saurashtra. He went on to accumulate over 4800 runs in first-class cricket and finished with 201 wickets.