Yusuf Pathan retires from all forms of cricket


India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan has decided to retire from all forms of the game. 

“I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game. I thank my family, friends, fans, team, and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love. I am sure you will continue to encourage me in future as well," the 38-year-old said on Twitter.

One of the highlights of his career in international cricket was his unbeaten 123 against New Zealand in Bangalore in 2010 when India chased down a target of 316. He followed it up with a hundred versus South Africa in Centurion. Yusuf also bowled off-spin and took 46 international wickets.

Yusuf was a member of both the T20 and 50-over World Cup-winning India squads of 2007 and 2011 respectively.

Yusuf was also a part of the Indian Premier League for a period of 12 years, a tournament he won with both Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. He aggregated 3204 runs and bagged 42 wickets in the IPL.

Yusuf made his first-class debut back in the 2001-02 domestic season for Baroda against Saurashtra. He went on to accumulate over 4800 runs in first-class cricket and finished with 201 wickets. 

His finest moment in his domestic career came in the Duleep Trophy game against South Zone in February 2010 when he composed a brilliant, unbeaten 210 to help West Zone chase down a monstrous target of 541 against the Dinesh Karthik-led South Zone side.