Irfan Pathan may not be a part of the Indian cricket team for a long time now but there was not a moment when the Indian cricket fans forgot him. He is one of the most loved and most popular Indian bowlers and is famous for not only his lethal swing bowling but also his cute smile.
There was a time when many Indian cricket fans used to believe that Irfan will become the best swing bowler of the world; in fact, some used to call him the next Wasim Akram. However, things didn’t take place as expected and then came a period when the Indian team saw its one of the worst phases.
It happened during the tenure of coach Greg Chappell who tried to transform Irfan into an all-rounder and it affected his performance as a bowler in a serious manner.
Irfan was not able to make a comeback once he was dropped and majority of the Indian cricket fans held Greg Chappell responsible for it. Here are some of the selected reactions:
Greg Chappelle is the Irfan Pathan's Rahul Gandhi.
— The Bong Head (@TheBongHead) January 4, 2020
U were a true game changer @IrfanPathan.. Ur hatrick against pak is still fresh in my memory. I wish you had played more games. But anyways, good luck for future.
— Shailendra Singh (@shaksingh) January 4, 2020
Irfan pathan is the best example of What impact a bad Coach can have…🤦🏻♂️
Chappel,ruined the whole career of this fella…
— malt worm ! 🦄 (@NeatPeg) January 4, 2020
Thank you @IrfanPathan for your fantastic career of entertainment. It was bliss watching your bowling with great swing and line.. You deserve better sent off. Hats off to you Sir
— Ajith Kumar D (@ajithez) January 4, 2020
Irfan could curve the ball at will…make the ball talk…
Greg Chappell used to be my Enemy #1 for years for the crime of destroying his career…
— Preeti Menon (@preadi) January 4, 2020
I still curse Greg Chappell for ruining such a talent. Irfan Pathan could have become one of the best Swing bowlers. Trying to make him an all-rounder was a pathetic decision. All the best @IrfanPathan sir for your future endeavors. I still remember your that spell against PAK. https://t.co/PO8jDoAcUF
— Senor Artetaᴱᵈᵈᶦᵉ ᴸᵒⁿᵍᵇʳᶦᵈᵍᵉ (@MyLuvArsenal) January 4, 2020
#irfanpathan, will be remembered as an excellent swing bowler destroyed by Greg Chapel in search of an all rounder. Thank you for your service Irfan. Have a good life off the field.
— RaVi RaNjAn SiNgH (@ravi_for_you) January 4, 2020
One of my childhood hero #irfanpathan retires ! Once highly rated all-rounder, even compared with Legend Kapil Dev. Injuries laid his career down. Great talent ! Thank you @IrfanPathan 🙏 for your service to the nation. #JaiHind 🇮🇳
— Arun Ramesh 🇮🇳 (@arun10venkat) January 4, 2020
There were two Irfan Pathan.
Irfan before Greg Chappell.
Irfan after Greg Chapell.
Former could have emulated Wasim Akram.
— Nitish Kumar (@nitbhu10) January 4, 2020
After initial spark ,he lost his caliber post-Greg chappel’s coaching …since 2006-07.Niether remained a good batsmen …lost his pace & penetrative bowling..remained a shadow of his own-self at a pretty young age …very early in his career
— 🧐Critic Roshan (@k_critic) January 4, 2020
India's all time best swing bowler unfortunately Greg Chappel destroyed his career along with Indian Cricket
— Sunil Patel (@sunilpatel_indi) January 4, 2020
First Retirement Of The Week, of The Month, Of The Year, Of The Decade .
Thanks @IrfanPathan for great Memory
I still Remember your Hat-trick Against Pakistan in test .
Congratulations for successful career
— Lutfullah Sediqi (@imlutfullah) January 4, 2020
Irfan has announced retirement from the International cricket and we are pretty sure that the 35 years old cricketer must have done that with a heavy heart. He has represented India in 29 Test matches, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is in his career of 15 years. In test matches, he has taken 100 wickets, 173 in ODIs and 28 in T20Is which bring his total to 301 wickets while with bat, he has scored 2821 runs.
We wish all the best to Irfan Pathan for his future!