Indian All rounder Irfan Pathan was once considered as the next Kapil Dev of India. Making his test debut in 2003 against Australia and ODI debut in 2004 against the same team, Pathan played many crucial knocks for Team India in tough situations.
Irfan Pathan’s dream spell against Bangladesh in 2004 is still remembered by fans as one of the best memory of the player’s career. The Steaming Pathan destroyed Bangladeshi Batting Line Up, taking 5/45 and 6/51 in the first test in Dhaka and claimed his first test MOM award.
But his knock of 90 runs along with MS Dhoni in Faisalabad proved why he was considered one of the best all rounder of his times. The Coach and the captain had a strong belief on Irfan’s clean hitting and way of scoring runs quickly. Irfan Khan was one of the Key players of T20 World Cup 2007. But with passing time Irfan started fading, the knee injury played a big part in it. Irfan Pathan’s loosing form in batting as well as his lost swing for which he was known for resulted to his drop from the team. The all rounder retired from all form of Cricket on 4 January, 2020.
But now Irfan Pathan has again hit the headlines. His recent tweet, which is being considered as an indirect dig at Former Indian Captain MS Dhoni caused him a lot of criticism and backlash from the fans.
Irfan tweeted, “Age is just a number for some and for others a reason to be dropped…”
Age is just a number for some and for others a reason to be dropped…
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 3, 2020
After this tweet MS Dhoni fans are furious on Irfan and started criticizing the cricketer. Here are some of the tweets:
Only performance matters not age
You both brothers got equal chances like dhoni but you did not perform.
From 2008 to 2020 he is most important player for CSK.
You were not able to do this for 2 to 3 years.
Age matters only for non performance.
— Netrapal singh (@netrapalsingh) October 3, 2020
Sir aapko Dhoni se inti dikkat kyu hai ?
— केशव कश्यप 🇮🇳 (@Keshavjaihind) October 3, 2020
MS Dhoni’s struggle on the pitch against Sunrisers Hyderabad was clearly visible in yesterday’s game. The wicketkeeper batsman was physically exhausted and was unable to time the ball. MS Dhoni was considered as one of the fittest Indian cricketer, but after yesterday’s game the opanions of some people have surely changed.
However few people have also come out in support of Irfan. They believe Dhoni was the reason behind Irfan’s failure and his drop from the team.