Recently Suresh Raina was caught in a live chat with all-rounder Irfan Pathan. Suresh Raina recalled how everyone started to compare the left armer cricketer with legendary Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram because of his early success in the game.
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan had made his debut at the age of 19 against Australia in the year 2002. After grabbing the attention of sports personalities with his abilities to bring the ball back into the right-hander in Australia, Irfan Pathan became a regular player in India’s side & was picked for India’s tour of Pakistan in 2004 under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy.
Pathan’s early success with the ball with his smashing looks made him one of the poster boys of the Indian Cricket. In an Instagram chat with Irfan Pathan Suresh Raina said how everyone had started to compare the left armer with legendary Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram.
Everybody used to compare you (Irfan) with Wasim Akram. The long and curly hair, almost like the brand ambassador of head and shoulders. When I came into the Indian side in 2005 you were already such a big name, very famous,” said Raina, who had made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka in 2005.
Raina’s comments were open heartily welcomed by Irfan Pathan as he recalled that how during his first tour to Pakistan in 2004 Pakistan head coach Javed Miandad had said that bowlers like Pathan can be found on any street in Pakistan.
“I remember Javed Miandad saying something like bowlers like Pathan are there in every street of Pakistan. My father, I remember, reading that news, he didn’t like it at all,” Pathan had said recalling the incident in a Star Sports Show ‘Cricket Connected’.
Pathan, however, etched his name on the history books in India’s next tour of Pakistan a year later in 2006. Irfan Pathan announced his retirement from all the forms of Cricket last year. He has an outstanding career with 29 test matches, 120 ODIs & 24 T20Is for India picking up 100, 173 & 28 wickets respectively. He has 1105 test runs & 1544 ODI runs registered on his name.