Among the first bowler in the history of Indian cricket Irfan Pathan, one of the promising left arm swinging fast bowler, was one of the best. Ability to ball at any condition with both ways swing had made this young fast bower wickter at the start of the innings.
In the year 2005-2006, India made tour at Pakistan to play full series. Historical rivalry between these two nations was reflected on their game tow. It was very competitive series, first two tests were drowned and both the team was looking forward to win the final test and named the series to their name.
Third test was held at Karachi on a green surface. It was clear that both teams first bowler would get chance to show their capabilities. Rahul Dravid, Indian captain of that tour made no mistakes to field first after winning the toss. Young Irfan pathan was the strike bowler of that tour. Before that match Irfan Pathan’s bowling figures in the series read 1 for 133 and 0 for 106 at Lahore and 1 for 80 at Faisalabad. However it was ultimate choice for the captain to give the new ball to Young Irfan Pathan.
The day On January 29, 2006, become the historical day for the Indian cricket history and gave chance to Irfan pathan to prove his talent to the world. Irfan Pathan became the second Indian to take a hat-trick in Test cricket. It’s become more especially because of getting hat-trick at first over.
First three deliveries were the hints that something is going to happen.
Salman Butt was in the strike, irfan pathan was running to bowl number four delivery. It was just short of good length, Irfan pitches the fourth a little further up. Ball was preached middle and leg and going outside the off away swings for the left handed batsman, butt manages to get a thick outside edge at the last moment. It was wonderful caught taken by Indian captain Rahul Dravid at first slip. It was the hint that decision to field first was right one.
Next Pakistani batsman came to bat was Younis Khan, known as dependable middle order batsman, but it was not his day again Irfan Pathan ball a full delivery that pitches on the off and swings in very late. It was clearly hit at the middle stump, and even before umpire Simon Taufel was to make a decision, the former would have known that his fate was sealed. To see his back would have been a welcome sight to the Indians.
Now it’s two in two. Young Irfan Pathan is in hat-trick. If he can than it will be the second time in the history of Indian cricket.
After dismissing of Younis Khan, it was another dependable middle order batsman turn to face the hat-trick. Mohammad Yousuf, right handed middle order promising batsman, was ready to face the hat-trick ball. It was excellent delivery from young Pathan ball swings in the air and off the wicket to go through Mohammad Yousuf’s gate and on to the stumps.
History has made irfan pathan got his first hat-trick at his test carrier and second man to get hat-trick in test cricket in the history of Indian cricket. All of a sudden Pakistan was o for nothing.
In spite of excellent bowling performance by Young talented Indian left arm swinging first bowler India lost the game by 341 runs.
At the next three days of the match, the Indians conceded a lead of seven runs and Pakistan dominate the Indian attack in the second innings to amass 599 for the loss of seven wickets before declaring. Irfan finished with one for 106 in the second, after recording figures of 5 for 61 in the first innings. To chase massive total of 607 to win, the visitors could muster just 265, thereby going down by a massive margin of 341 runs. It was indeed a bizarre end to what was an insipid series until then.
Score card of that match is given below.
Pakistan 1st inning: 245 (Kamran Akmal 113, Abdul Razzaq 45, Shoaib Akhtar 45; Irfan Pathan 5-61) and
2nd innings: 599 for 7 declared (Faisal Iqbal 139, Mohammad Yousuf 97, Abdul Razzaq 90; Anil Kumble 3-151)
India 1st inning: 238 (Yuvraj Singh 45, Irfan Pathan 40; Mohammad Asif 4-78) and
2nd innings: 265 (Yuvraj Singh 122, Sourav Ganguly 37; Abdul Razzaq 4-88)
Above all it was one of the memorable games for the Irfan Pathan Cricketing carrier.