All-rounder Yusuf Pathan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 38. Yusuf represented India in ODI and T20I cricket between 2007 and 2012. He scored 810 runs and 236 runs in 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is respectively, and picked up 46 wickets in both the formats. He played 174 matches in IPL.
Yusuf has played 174 matches in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was the first cricketer to win three IPL trophies.
Yusuf in his statement on Friday 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. I thank my family, friends, fans, teams, coaches and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love. I am sure you will continue to encourage me in future as well.
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. I would also like to thank my brother and backbone Irfan Pathan who was always there for me during the highs and lows of my career. Last but not the least, I would like to thank the BCCI & BCA for giving me the opportunity to play for my country and state.
Nothing can keep me away from cricket and my passion for the sport will remain the same. I will continue to entertain everyone even in future.”