Irfan Pathan made the world stand up and take notice as soon as he arrived into the Indian team in the 2003-2004 tour of Australia. Touring Australia, especially against that Australian team was never going to be easy for any fast bowler. However, Irfan Pathan with his swing and pace managed to trouble the best of batsmen.
India then toured Pakistan in 2004 and historically beat them in both the Test and ODI series. Irfan Pathan had made it a habit of striking in the first over with his amazing in swing and soon became the toast of the nation. However, the high point of his career came in the same country, two years later in 2006 where he became the first bowler to take a Test Hattrick in the first over.
Pathan dismissed Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammed Yousuf in succession to bring up the historic feat. Yousuf’s wicket was extra special for Irfan due to his words to Pathan’s father. “Mohammad Yousuf caught up with my father before the tour. My father is daring, respectful and joyful, loves having chat with everyone. Yousuf said to my father ‘You pray that even if I get out, I don’t get dismissed by your son’,” Irfan was quoted as saying to Sports Tak on Instagram Live.
“And coming to Karachi Test, I was on hat-trick ball and Mohd. Yousuf was on strike. I felt that was the perfect chance to get him out. Luckily, my plan successfully worked and I got his wicket,” the retired pacer added.