Irfan Pathan is very fond of food
Hat-trick was taken in the very first over in Pakistan
New Delhi. The stories of delicious food at the house of Pathan brothers of cricket are famous. Irfan and Yusuf Pathan are as fond of eating as they are of feeding. However, once such an incident happened which made Irfan Pathan very embarrassed. Irfan started refraining from eating in front of Sachin Tendulkar after that. Irfan Pathan himself had disclosed this. The former fast bowler also mentioned his habit before which he was helpless.
According to Irfan Pathan, the toss had happened during a match and we were all in the dressing room. That’s why Sachin Paji came to me. At that time I had a plate of food in my hand, which was completely full. Pathan told in a TV show that Sachin Paaji said, Hey Irfan, what happened? Even though he knew what had happened after the toss, yet Sachin paaji told me that apni batting hai na? I said – no paji, it is our bowling. Then he looked at my plate full of food and went away saying achha apni bowling hai. Irfan told that after this I never ate food in front of Sachin Paji. If he was in one corner, I would be in the other corner. Irfan said that I could not bowl without eating and this was my habit.
The sight of Pakistan taught it a lesson
Irfan also mentioned the tour of Pakistan. He told that Nihari and Biryani etc used to be there for lunch during the match. I didn’t leave anything. Please tell that in the year 2006, Irfan Pathan created history by taking a hat-trick in the very first over of the innings in the Karachi Test. Captain Rahul Dravid gave the responsibility of starting the bowling to Irfan Pathan.
The first three balls of Irfan’s first over were played by Salman Butt, but on the fourth ball, he caught Dravid in the first slip. On the fifth ball of the over, Irfan Pathan got Pakistan captain Younis Khan lbw out on an inside ball. Now Irfan was on a hat-trick and Mohammad Yusuf had to stop him from doing so. The last ball of Irfan’s over was an inswing, on which Yusuf was completely beaten and his stump was uprooted.
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 15, 2023, 08:20 IST