Former Indian left-arm stimulator Irfan Pathan, who retired from international cricket in January 2020, was considered one of the most important talents in the world at one point. During his heyday, Pathan had a number of memorable moments with the ball and bat in international cricket.
On January 29, 2006, Irfan Pathan scored a hat-trick against Pakistan at Karachi Test. Let us relive this historic moment 15 years after the feat which has become a defining moment in his career.
It was the third and final test of the series between India and Pakistan in Karachi. The two previous matches have been drawn. Pakistan struck first and Pathan received the new ball from captain Sourav Ganguly. Salman Butt was the man on strike. The first three were point balls, then the fourth. He moved away from the left-hander and was nicked in Rahul Dravid on the first slip. Younis Khan then came and was treated to a vicious inswinger. He played the wrong line, the ball hit the pads and he was level.
Ganguly then established aggressive ground for Mohammad Yousuf but it didn’t have to be. Another inswinger knocked over Yousuf and the bullet crashed into the stumps. Irfan Pathan became the second Indian bowler since Harbhajan Singh to achieve a test treble.
Despite this, Pakistan retaliated by Kamran Akmal in this round and India was unable to surpass that total. Pakistan went on to score a 599/7 mammoth due to a century of Faisal Iqbal and the precious blows of Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq. Razzaq and Mohammad Asif then tore up the Indian strike order. India, despite the treble and the century of Yuvraj Singh in the second set, lost this match and therefore the series.