38-year-Old All-rounder Yusuf Pathan announced his retirement from all forms of cricket
Pathan Played 57 One Day International and 22 T20 International in his international career
Top 5 Knocks by Yusuf Pathan
1. 56 runs off 39 balls for RR in IPL 2008 final
Pathan was part of Rajasthan Royals which won the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008. Opponents Chennai Super Kings were in a comfortable position when Pathan came into bat. He scored a scintillating 56 off 39 deliveries, guiding Shane Warne-led side to victory.
Pathan was involved in a crucial 65-run partnership with Shane Watson for the 4th wicket. Before that, he had also scalped 3 wickets and was adjudged Man of the Match in the finale.
2. 123*(96) vs New Zealand, 2010, Bangalore
Yusuf Pathan has always had a knack of rescuing his team whenever it has been under pressure. This was another one of those mesmerizing knocks and probably his best one ever. India bowled first and conceded 315 runs against a mighty New Zealand. India were in a bit of a tussle at 188/5. Yusuf Pathan rose to the occasion and smashed an unbeaten 123 off just 96 balls to win it for India.
3. 100 runs (37 balls) against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2010
It was the third season of the Indian Premier League and Pathan was with Rajasthan Royals. In one of the league stage games, the Royals were chasing a mammoth 213-run target. They tottering at 40/3 in the seventh over and the situation worsened as the scorecard read 66/4 in the 10th over.
But Pathan had some other plans. He smashed the MI bowlers all around the park and struck a 37-ball ton with nine fours and eight sixes. Unfortunately, his rollicking knock went in vain as Mumbai Indians won the game by 4 runs.
4. 105 (70) vs South Africa, 2011, Centurion
Check out the swashbuckling innings of 105 by India’s Yusuf Pathan off just 70 balls against South Africa on 23rd January 2011 at Centurion. Pathan almost single-handedly pulled off a miraculous chase but in the end, Proteas managed to win it by 33 runs.
5. 72 runs(22 balls) against Hyderabad in IPl 2014
Yusuf Pathan (72 off 22 balls, 5 fours, and 7 six) stole all the headlines even as the Kolkata Knight Riders made it to the top-two of the Pepsi IPL 2014 points table by upstaging CSK’s net run-rate.
Needing to scale the 161-run target set by Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Knight Riders got home in just 14.2 overs with five wickets in hand. In the process, Yusuf also recorded the fastest fifty in IPL history in front of a capacity crowd at Eden Gardens.