Yusuf Pathan retires from all forms of cricket
Published: 07:57 PM, 26 February 2021 Updated: 07:58 PM, 26 February 2021
Former Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday.
The 38-year-old played 57 ODIs with 810 runs and 22 T20Is with 236 runs for India. He also picked up 33 wickets in ODI and 13 in T20Is.
However, Yusuf was enlisted in both victorious Indian squads of the ICC World T20 in 2007 and the ICC World Cup in 2011.
“I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game. I thank my family, friends, fans, team, and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love. I am sure you will continue to encourage me in future as well,” the 38-years-old all-rounder tweeted in a retirement statement on Friday.
“Winning two World Cups for India and lifting Sachin Tendulkar on my shoulders were some of the best moments of my career,” he wrote in a statement. “I made my international debut under MS Dhoni, IPL debut under Shane Warne, Ranji debut under Jacob Martin and would like to thank them for believing in me. I thank Gautam Gambhir with whom, at KKR, we won the IPL trophy twice. I would also like to thank my brother and backbone Irfan Pathan who was always there for me during the highs and lows of my career.
“Last but not the least, I would like to thank BCCI and BCA the opportunity to play for my country and state.
“Nothing can keep me away from cricket and my passion for the sport will remain the same. I will continue to entertain everyone even in the future.”
Yusuf also won the Indian Premier League three times, twice playing for Kolkata Knight Riders and once with Rajasthan Royals.