India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan announced his retirement from all formats of cricket on Friday in a social media post and was congratulated by his India and Kolkata Knight Riders team-mate Gautam Gambhir for a fantastic career.
Gambhir, who led KKR to two titles in 2012 and 2014, called his team-mate Yusuf Pathan a true match-winner.February 26, 2021
“A gem of a person & a true match winner. It was my privilege to play for both India & KKR with you. Take a bow @iamyusufpathan! Lots of love!,” said Gambhir.
In his farewell post, Yusuf had thanked Gambhir for the time at KKR and mentioned the title wins in 2012 and 2014 as a memorable time.
“Winning two World Cups for India and lifting Sachin Tendulkar on my shoulders were some of the best moments of my career. I made my international debut under MS Dhoni, IPL debut under Shane Warne, Ranji debut under Jacob Martin and would like to thank them for believing in me. I thank Gautam Gambhir with whom, at KKR, we won the IPL trophy twice,” Pathan had said on Friday.
Yusuf Pathan played 57 ODIs and 22 T20 internationals for Team India between 2008 and 2012. Yusuf amassed 810 runs in the 50-over format at an average of 27 with 2 hundreds and 3 fifties while in the shortest format he scored 236 runs at 18.15 at a strike rate of over 146.
Time to put a full stop to this innings of my life, says Yusuf
In a long statement, Pathan wrote: "I still remember the day when I wore the India jersey for the first time. I didn't only wear the jersey that day, but I took upon my family's, coach's, friends the whole country's and my own expectations on my shoulders as well.
“Since my childhood, my life has revolved only around Cricket. I played at international level, domestic level and in the IPL in my career.
“But today is a bit different. There is no World Cup or IPL final today but it is equally important. The time has come today for me to put a full stop to this innings of my life. I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game,” Pathan added.