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Irfan Pathan is an Indian cricketer who made his debut for India in the 2003/04 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and was a core member of the national team until a decline in form set in during 2006, forcing him out of the team.

Irfan Pathan’s parents wanted him to become an Islamic scholar but Irfan and elder brother Yusuf took an interest in cricket at a young age. Both would play inside the mosque where their father worked as muezzin.

Irfan Pathan was chosen for Baroda Under-15 level in a national competition. It was at exactly that point that he was at long last given a full set of cricket kit. Prior to that day, he was confined to second-hand cricketing gear because of his family's restricted financial conditions.

He made his first Test appearance at the age of 19 against Australia at Adelaide Oval on December 12, 2003. Amid a similar series, he likewise made his ODI appearance at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on January 9, 2004.

Following his impressive performances in 2004, Pathan was named ICC Emerging Player of the Year in 2004.

Irfan Pathan is 8th in the list of all-time highest wicket taker in ODIs for India. He is also the fastest Indian player to reach one hundred wickets ODIs.

It was a proud moment for the Pathan family. When both brothers were selected for ICC World T20 2007

Irfan told CricketCountry in an interview, “When he (Yusuf) played the final, that was the moment for me. Our dream was coming through. Then, the icing on the cake was to win the World Cup. There is a picture where I was on his back and he was carrying me around. That was like we were playing in the backyard again, but on a bigger stage and in a bigger backyard. It was something really special and that day was a dream come true.”

posted Jun 26 by Sumanth K

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Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about India's 'Powerpuff Girl' Harmanpreet Kaur:

1. Harmanpreet Kaur was born on March 8, 1989, her father Harmandar Bhullar was a renowned Volley ball and Basket ball player.

2. Kaur stepped into Cricket after her unexpected meeting with coach Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi, she later joined Gian Jyoti School Academy at village Darapur, Punjab. Astonished by her batting prowess, Kamaldeesh included her in the Moga-district team to participate in the Punjab’s Inter-District tournament.

3. She got a job in Western Railways with the help of a personal letter from Member of Parliament and former Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. This all happened her application got rejected first when former India women’s captain Diana Edulji who spotted the batting all-rounder suggested her to do so.

4. Harmanpreet made her ODI debut at the age of 20 in a match against Pakistan in the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup which took place at Bowral.

5. In June 2009, she made her Twenty20 International debut in the 2009 ICC Women's World Twenty20 against England women's at County Ground, Taunton where she scored 8 runs off 7 balls.

6. Her 171 runs in the WC17 semi finals against Australia remains her best ever in ODI and is also the second highest by any Indian women’s cricketer. Deepti Sharma’s 188 is the best so far.

7. Harmanpreet found her cricketing inspiration in the swashbuckling Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Fans can easily make out why she admires the legendary cricketer as she herself is an aggressor par excellence.

8. Back in 2012 when skipper Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami were down with injuries, Kaur was announced as the captain for India’s campaign in the 2012 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup final match. Indian women’s team won that game by 18 runs.

9.  In November 2015, she took 9 wickets in a Test match against the South African women’s cricket team played at Gangothri Glades Cricket Ground, Mysore, helping India win the match by an innings and 34 runs.

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Steaming in like a medium pacer, Kumble was not the greatest turner of the ball. But even the most subtle of variations is enough to make a difference, and that differentiated him from two other giant spinners of international bowling during his time- Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about "The Jumbo" Anil Kumble:

1. Anil Kumble was born to K N Krishna Swamy and Saroja and is married to Chethana Ramatheertha. He married Chethana after her divorce and has a son Mayas and two daughters Aaruni and Svasti from Chethana’s previous marriage.

2. Kumble went to Holy Saint English School and completed his schooling from National High School in Bangalore. He didn’t let cricket disrupt his graduation and completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering.

3. All Kumble wanted to do in his childhood was to play cricket. ‘Jumbo’ joined Young Cricketers club at a tender age of 13.

4. The achievement of taking 10 wickets in an innings was commemorated by naming a traffic circle in Bangalore after him.

5. He was named Jumbo by his teammates not just because he was a tough bowler to face but also because his feet are quite big.

6. Kumble held the record of taking his first 50 wickets in only 10 matches, which was later broken by Ravichandran Ashwin who performed the feat in 9 matches.

7. Kumble as a batsman proved that he was a match winner for India by adding 52 runs for the ninth wicket and helping the team chase the target of 216 runs in the 'Titan Cup' against Australia, along with Javagal Srinath in October 1996.

8. The 45-year-old is the 3rd highest wicket taker in the history of Test cricket after Shane Watson and Muttiah Muralitharan. He is the 2nd Indian bowler to capture 400 Test wickets after Kapil Dev.

9. Kumble was bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1995. He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year in the year 1996. The Government of India presented ‘Jumbo’ with the Padma Shri in 2005.

10. He is only the 2nd bowler after England‘s Jim Laker to scalp all 10 wickets in a test innings. The 10 for 74 against Pakistan at the Feroze Shah Kotla in 1998 is hailed as the second best “Bowling performance of all time” by Wisden.

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Hardik Pandya reflects a perfect case where talent overcomes all sorts of adversity and attains success. The Mumbai Indians star hails from an unobtrusive foundation. He is however a liberally capable cricketer who has become well known in a limited ability to focus time. He is touted as the 'man for the future' by numerous present and previous players.

Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about 'The Emerging Star' Hardik Pandya:

1. Birth

Hardik Pandya was conceived on eleventh October 1993 in Choryasi, Surat, Gujarat.

2. Growing years

Hardik Pandya's developing years were difficult and he experienced childhood in hardship. Krunal, his sibling and Hardik would regularly spend the whole day exclusively on one dinner.

3. Passionate father

His dad Himanshu was an impassioned significant other of the diversion. He was drawn towards cricket in light of his dad who took him to watch coordinates in Vadodara.

4. The start of it

Subsequent to seeing the enthusiasm for the diversion, Hardik Pandya alongside his senior sibling Krunal Pandya were enlisted in the Kiran More International Academy at 5 years old and 7 individually.

5. Struggles in life

His dad needed to leave his place of employment in the wake of agony from heart assault thrice. Life ended up plainly harder for him after the sole provider of the family was bound to bed rest.

6. Education

Hardik Pandya fizzled ninth class and quit instruction to concentrate on his cricketing dreams.

7. Jack of all trades

Hardik Pandya is an all-rounder. His mentors recognize him as an ingenious player who is neither an ordinary batsman nor a sublimely gifted bowler. Be that as it may, he gives an affirmation that he can passage well in both viewpoints and create coordinate wining exhibitions which he has demonstrated in his past trips.

8. Nickname

Hardik Pandya has an exceptionally cool epithet in the Mumbai Indians changing areas. He is called "Rockstar" by his colleagues.

9. A leg spinner

Hardik Pandya was leg spinner before one day all of a sudden he changed to crease knocking down some pins. Once at the Kiran More International Academy, the group was one quick bowler short before a neighborhood coordinate. Kiran more requesting that he assume the liability. He promptly acknowledged the assignment and overwhelmed everybody by grabbing seven wickets in that match. This is the means by which he turned into a medium pacer.

10. Entry in the big league

Pandya was spotted by then Mumbai Indians mentor John Wright in a West Zone match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Every last prominent individual from Mumbai Indians was awed by him amid the determination trials. Head mentor Ricky Ponting short-recorded Hardik in the wake of experiencing the recording of more than 50 short-recorded cricketers in front of the IPL 8 player sell off in February. He was in this way purchased by the establishment at base cost of 10 lakhs.

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Today, cricket fans all around the globe woke up to the news that Zaheer Khan would be declaring his retirement from worldwide cricket with quick impact. While it didn't come as a noteworthy stun to the vast majority of us – since Zaheer hasn't played universal cricket for 18 months – it was as yet a hit to the gut.From the mid 2000s, Zaheer Khan was a necessary piece of the Indian cricket group. With his swing noticeable all around and his pinpoint yorkers, Zaheer has vexed most major batsmen on each surface conceivable. Notwithstanding when his place was undermined by more youthful and fitter bowlers, he always kept his chin up and came back stronger.

Let's take a look at 12 Interesting and unknown facts about India’s best ever left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan:

1. Early life

Zaheer was born in Srirampur, a residential community 40 kms from Shirdi, to a working class couple. His dad was a picture taker while mother was an instructor. He did his underlying tutoring at the Hind Seva Mandal's New Marathi Primary School and later at the KJ Somaiyya Secondary School. Post tutoring, he got admission to the Mechanical Engineering degree course. In any case, on his mentor Sudhir Naik's recommendation, he surrendered designing and focussed on cricket, even as he was great at scholastics.

2. Cricket calling

Zaheer was a tremendous ability. Awed by his aptitudes, his dad took him to Mumbai when he was 17. A true and restrained Zaheer played each competition that occurred at National Cricket Club for the initial two seasons. A seven-wicket pull in a last against Shivaji Park Gymkhana shot him to popularity in Mumbai's cricket circles and soon he got into the Under-19 sides of Mumbai and West Zone in 1998-99. It was trailed by a stretch at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, where Dennis Lillee, the mentor, forecasted that he would bowl for India.

3. First-Class debut

Zaheer made his First-Class debut in the 1999-2000 domestic season for Baroda, as he couldn't make it to the Mumbai squad. In his debut season, he was the third best quick bowler, and best left-arm seamer, behind Ashish Zaidi and Sadagoppan Mahesh. Playing in eight matches, Zaheer grabbed 35 wickets at a normal of 29.25, with best figures of 5-43 in an innings.

4. Baroda’s Ranji triumph

Zaheer made rapid strides playing for Baroda. In the Ranji Trophy last 2000-01 against Railways, Zaheer's eight wickets, including a moment innings fifer, helped Baroda win by a restricted edge of 21 runs. He was declared as the Man of the Match for his execution. His universal presentation, nonetheless, had occurred at this point. Post 2006, he began speaking to Mumbai in domestic cricket.

5. International debut

His domestic heroics soon observed him playing for India. He was picked up to play the ICC Knock-Out Trophy in Nairobi in 2000 and had a quick effect. He took three wickets on his presentation against Kenya and in just his second diversion — which was the quarter-last against the then world champs Australia — Zaheer rejected Adam Gilchrist and Captain Steve Waugh and helped India script a well known win. By chance, it was additionally Zaheer's 22nd birthday. He had reported his entry in style. His Test make a big appearance came later in the year against Bangladesh, where he picked up three wickets in the match.

6. ICC Cricket World Cup 2003

Zaheer, along with Javagal Srinath and Ashish Nehra, was instrumental in India's fantasy rush to the last of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. Nonetheless, an apprehensive Zaheer gave an awful begin to the last, surrendering 15 keeps running in the first over against Australia. India never recuperated and lost with a colossal edge. With 18 wickets from 11 matches, he completed the competition as the fourth most noteworthy wicket-taker at an amazing normal of 20.77 runs for each wicket.

7. India’s pace spearhead

Post Srinath's retirement, Zaheer turned into India's pace lead and drove the rocking the bowling alley assault at whatever point he played. In 2005, the development of Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and Rudra Pratap Singh, add to it visit wounds, implied Zaheer was in and out of the side. Things turned out to be more awful when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) downgraded Zaheer from a B-review to a C-review contract toward the finish of the year.

8. Zaheer the batsman

Zaheer was a decent batsman in the early part of his career. In just his twelfth ODI, he broadly smacked Henry Olonga for four back to back sixes on the last four bundles of the innings. In a Test against Bangladesh in 2004, he scored 75 batting at No. 11, the then record most elevated Test score by a batsman at that position, which has along these lines been broken by West Indies' Tino Best and Australia's Ashton Agar. In similar innings, he was included in the record tenth-wicket organization alongside Sachin Tendulkar, which delivered 133 runs. This record is yet to be broken.

9. Zak-attack

Zaheer is fondly called as Zak by his team-mates. His career-changing time with the English County side Worcestershire earned him the nick-name of “Zippy Zakky”.

10. Inspiration

Zaheer is a gigantic Tendulkar fan and takes motivation from the batting icon. Outside the sport, Tennis great Roger Federer is someone who he derives inspiration from.

11. Great adapter

Zaheer has been one cricketer who has always excelled in diverse conditions. He's constantly savored playing in testing circumstances and has immediately acclimatized to the outside conditions. An extraordinary connector, Zaheer is similarly great with SG, Duke and Kookaburra balls and shows fabulous control over them effortlessly.

12. Wisden Cricketer of the Year

Zaheer was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2008, along with Ian Bell, Ryan Sidebottom, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ottis Gibson.

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Ravichandran Ashwin is India's leading spinner in the post-Anil Kumble period. Despite the fact that at first taken a gander at as even more a T20 bowler, Ashwin has since bloomed into a dynamite Test bowler too.

Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about India's lead spinner Ravichandran Ashwin:

1.  Ravichandran or Ashwin?

There is some perplexity with respect to the real name of the man we as a whole know as Ravichandran Ashwin. His father's name is Ravichandran, and his name is Ashwin. Maybe calling him R Ashwin will be ideal.

2.  Cricket in his blood

Ravichandran, who worked for Southern Railways, played club cricket for Egmore Excelsiors for over 10 years. It was for a similar club that Ashwin would make his initial cricketing strides.

3.  Early values

Ashwin's mother Chitra was very strict with respect to his studies. While both guardians bolstered Ashwin's cricketing profession, they were firm about his training also. Chitra told Mid-Day, "We never trade off on education, and Ashwin was mature enough to acknowledge that."

4.  Opening batsman

One reason Ashwin is such a decent lower-order batsman is that toward the begin of his cricketing interests, he was an opening batsman. Confronting another ball for a main part of his initial days guaranteed that his method is more than amazing for somebody who bats so down and out the request.

5.  A severe injury

The significant purpose behind Ashwin's batting taking a back seat was due to a severe injury he picked up as a teenager. When he was 14, Ashwin harmed his pelvic area. The awful damage brought about a tear in the tendons between his hip bones. This made blood spill into the bone joints, diffusing them. Chitra said of the harm, "He would have had inserts which would have put a stop to his cricket vocation. Fortunately, we looked for second supposition from another orthopedic specialist… We needed to place him in bed rest for two months, and he was out of activity for right around eight months. Indeed, even from that point forward, he was limping for quite a while."

6.  Bouncing back

The injury turned to be a surprisingly positive turn of events for Ashwin. When he returned to the diversion, he discovered his opening spot had been taken so his mother Chitra suggested he try his hand at spin bowling. The rest, as they say, is history.

7.  Shared debuts

In spite of the fact that it most likely did not influence him excessively, Ashwin did not get the chance to appreciate the sole focus on any of his three international debuts. He shared his T20I debut with Virat Kohli and Naman Ojha, his ODI debut with Ojha and Pankaj Singh, and his Test debut with Umesh Yadav.

8.  Highest partnership

Had it not been for Ashwin and Rohit, Sachin Tendulkar's penultimate Test could have finished in an unexpected way. After West Indies were knocked down some pins out for 234 (Ashwin represented Chanderpaul and Veersammy Permaul) in the primary Test at Eden Gardens in 2013, Shane Shillingford decreased India to 156 for 6 preceding Ashwin joined debutant Rohit. The team put on a fabulous 280 keeps running for the seventh wicket; an Indian record. India at last got to 453, and India knocked down some pins out West Indies for 168 (Ashwin took three more wickets) to win by an innings and 51 runs.

9.  Fastest 50, 100 & 150

Ashwin holds the records for being the fastest Indian to 50, 100 and 150 Test wickets. He got his 50th wicket in his ninth Test (beating past holder Anil Kumble by one match), 100th in his eighteenth Test (beating past holder EAS Prasanna by two recreations) and 150th scalp in hey 29th Test (beating past holder EAS Prasanna by five amusements).

10.  A special 10-for

The first Test of the 2013 Border-Gavaskar arrangement in India was played in Ashwin's main residence, Chennai. He reacted superbly to his home ground, taking 7 for 103 in the primary innings before MS Dhoni (224) became the overwhelming focus. Opening rocking the bowling alley in the second innings, Ashwin reacted with 5 for 95, as India were left with a minor 50 rushes to win, which they did with eight wickets remaining. It was Ashwin's second-since forever Test 10-wicket pull however what made it all the sweeter was that it came at his home ground. Considerably more fundamentally, he turned into the main Indian bowler to take 10 wickets in his hometown.

11.  Sanga’s bane

Kumar Sangakkara may have threatened bowlers for over 10 years, however in the diminishing snapshots of his profession he capitulated to Ashwin more than once. Sangakkara's last Test arrangement came against India at home in 2015. He played just the first two Tests, at Galle and P Sara Oval, Colombo. In any case, the Sri Lankan maestro failed to get to a half-century any of his last four innings, capitulating to Ashwin on each of the four events. Ashwin turned into the main bowler in history to dismiss Sangakkara in four progressive innings.

12.  True all-rounder

Ashwin is the joint quickest (with Ian Botham and Jack Gregory) to the twofold of 50 wickets and 500 runs. Each of the three men got to the point of interest in their eleventh Tests. Ashwin's great all-round aptitudes can be additionally characterized; among all Indians with the 100 wicket-1,000 run twofold, Ashwin's batting normal of 34.26 is second just to Ravi Shastri, while his rocking the bowling alley normal of 25.20 is the best. This improves his general numbers than any semblance of Kapil Dev, Vinoo Mankad, and Anil Kumble.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar, born February 5, 1990, has been the leader of India's pace assault since his debut in 2012. Outfitted with gigantic development both noticeable all around and off the pitch, Bhuvneshwar has the ability to trouble the best of batsmen.

Let’s take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about 'India’s Master of Swing' Bhuvneshwar Kumar :

1. Getting God first ball

Bhuvneshwar Kumar declared himself as one for the future from the get-go in his First-Class profession. At 19 years old, he rejected Sachin Tendulkar for a duck — the first time through Tendulkar (who is alluded as the God by fans) was out without scoring in Ranji Trophy.

2. “Early” success

Bhuvneshwar was missing the goal immediately in both T20Is and ODIs. He dismissed Nasir Jamshed in his first over on T20I make a big appearance, and improved in ODIs, getting Mohammad Hafeez out off his first ball.

3. Economical best

While there is no questioning Bhuvneshwar's capacity as a wicket-taker, his magnificent economy rate is now and then passed up a great opportunity for. Notwithstanding when Bhuvneshwar isn't taking wickets, he holds the keeps running down. Three of India's five most prudent spells in T20Is have originated from Bhuvneshwar. He is additionally one of the few Indian bowlers whose economy rate is under seven in T20Is, and under five in ODIs.

4. Bowled over!

Bhuvneshwar appreciates a standout amongst the most one of a kind knocking down some pins records the amusement has seen. His first wicket in each format stopped by getting the batsman bowled. He expelled Nasir Jamshed (T20Is), Mohammad Hafeez (ODIs), and David Warner (Tests) in this form.

5. Match-winner with the bat

While Bhuvneshwar's bowling deeds are abundant, he likewise has extensive ability with the bat. He has a First-Class century, which came in the most astounding design; in the second semi-final between Central Zone and North Zone at Hyderabad. Central were 219 for six in answer to North's 451 when Bhuvneshwar came into bat. They were soon 293 for eight, and after that 342 for nine preceding Bhuvneshwar engineered a late battle back. He scored a 253-ball 128 to lead Central to 469, as the side took the significant first-innings lead.

6. Makings of an all-rounder

As noted above, Bhuvneshwar has some ability with the bat. He demonstrated his guarantee from the get-go in his Test profession too. With India 406 for eight in answer to Australia's 380, Bhuvneshwar — on Test make a big appearance — exited to join captain MS Dhoni. The couple put on a match-winning 140-run remain, as Dhoni went ahead to finish a gigantic twofold hundred. Bhuvneshwar scored a vital 38 off 97 balls all the while.

7. The “player”

While cricket remains his first love, Bhuvneshwar has said that his most loved side interest is playing games on his PS3 and his iPad.

8. Not the first of his kind

Bhuvneshwar is not the first Kumar who hails from Meerut, swings the ball both ways, has taken a fifer a Lord's, and is a helpful batsman down the request! Be that as it may, his similarity with Praveen Kumar — no connection — closes there. While Praveen has been known to have a blazing temper and a demeanor issue, Bhuvneshwar is calm, mild-mannered, and shy.

9. Gayle’s bane

As said before, Bhuvneshwar has a propensity of working over batsmen. One man who has dependably battled against him is West Indian juggernaut Chris Gayle. Bhuvneshwar has dismissed Gayle four times in seven international matches across formats.

10. Army Dreams

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Suresh Raina is an Indian professional cricketer. An aggressive left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler, He plays for Uttar Pradesh in all forms of domestic cricket.

At the age of 17, Suresh Raina was selected in the Indian team for the U-19 World Cup in 2004, where he smashed three half centuries, including a blistering 90 scored off only 38 deliveries against Scotland.

Raina is the only Indian batsman to score a century in each of the three formats of cricket.

Raina is the youngest man to captain the Indian cricket team in T20 internationals.

Raina is the only Indian to score a century in both international T20 and IPL. Incidentally, both knocks came on 2nd May – 2010 and 2013.

Raina's debut matches in Tests and ODIs have been in stark contrast. He made a golden duck in his first ODI match against Sri Lanka on July 30, 2005, and scored a century against the same team in his Test debut on July 26, 2010.

Raina has played every single match that his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings played; a total of 112 IPL matches. No other player has done the same.

Suresh Raina has also sung a song titled ‘Tu Mili Sab Mila’, for a bollywood movie named ‘Meeruthiya Gangsters’.

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