Irfan Pathan is one of the cricketers whose career saw several ups and downs. Once he was the poster boy of Indian cricket and after a few years, he was unable to break into the Indian side. Though his iconic hat-trick against Pakistan was the peak of his career and everyone still has a fresh memory of it.
Today, it has been 13 years since then but everyone recalls that moment with the same affection. Pathan dismissed Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf on the last three balls of the first over of Karachi Test in 2006 to complete a unique hat-trick.
Recently, on Irfan’s 34th birthday the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the video of that historic hat-trick. See the video:
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2018
Pathan bowled his heart out in the match but couldn’t save India from losing that Test match as well as the Test series. Before the Karachi Test match, the series was on an even keel as the first two matches were ended in a draw. Left-arm swing bowler gave India as an amazing start in the final game of the series, but Pakistan recovered well in the second innings to post a mammoth total of 599 and gave India a mountainous task to chase down 607 runs in the fourth innings.
In reply, India’s innings folded for 265 runs in just 58.4 overs. Yuvraj Singh was the lone fighter with a gritty century (122). Abdul Razaq and Mohammad Asif scrambled India’s batting order and snared four and three wickets respectively. With that defeat, India lost the series by 1-0 despite putting some fight throughout the series.