Irfan Pathan, one of India’s best left-arm pacers, recently shared an interesting anecdote while speaking at an event in Nagpur. He recalled a time when a Pakistani girl in Lahore asked him why he played for India despite being a Muslim. Pathan replied, “It is a matter of pride for me to play for India.” Pathan said that incident motivated him to do better.
Getting the India cap from Sourav Ganguly for his debut during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia in 2003 also counts as one of his most memorable moments he said.
India has one of the largest population of Muslims (180 million) in the world. They make up about 14.9 percent of the country’s population.
Irfan Khan Pathan was born in Baroda, Gujarat in 1984. He has played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India. His form has been sporadic throughout his career which led him to be labelled as one of “India’s lost boys” along with Vinod Kambli and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, by Shashi Tharoor — a group of talented cricketers who couldn’t live up to their potential. He recently took three wickets for the West Zone in their eight-wicket victory in Match 3 of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2017.