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Pathan's journey from rags to riches

Pathan has turned out to be a teamman who can shoot his ammos whenever called to do so, writes Sunit Kaul.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 11:14 IST
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Of all the rags-to-riches stories, Irfan Pathan’s chronicle is the most incredible one would ever hear. From an eight year old sweeping the floor of Mandavi Gate mosque in Baroda to an international cricketer of repute, who has etched his place in the team—life does not get any weirder than this.

Friends who played with him during his childhood, in the by-lanes of a non-descript village of Baroda, would never have even imagined that this kinky-haired boy would go on to become the cynosure of the whole nation.

Barely 21 years old and with only two years of experience behind him, this young prodigy has already shown an inclination to learn new tricks and experiments, something only expected from a pro.

The left-arm speedster has moved up the ranks in the Indian cricket hierarchy. Once a part of India’s ‘baby brigade’ along with Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik, he has turned out to be an effective and consistent all-rounder - a teamman who can shoot his ammos whenever called to do so.

Irfan Pathan's Test Batting Records

Opposition Matches Runs HS Bat Avg50s 
 vs All 18 561 93 26.71 4
 vs Pak  6 128 49 18.28 0

Although he still winces when called an all-rounder, stats prove that he is certainly one in the making.

Of 14 ODI matches Irfan has played in 2005-06 season, he has garnered a batting average of 32.6 and a bowling average of 20.7. Even though premature, judging by above numbers he even over-shadows the legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev.

Heck, his batting average this season is even better than Ganguly’s figures!

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 19:17 IST