Irfan Pathan Biography (Cricketer) Height, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Net Worth Who Is Irfan Pathan?

Irfan Pathan Biography: Born on October 27, 1984, Irfan Pathan is an Indian cricket player who now works as a commentator and analyst. He was an all-round bowler who played for the Indian cricket team that took home the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and the first-ever ICC Twenty20 World Cup in 2007. Pathan, who started his career as a seam and fast-medium swing bowler, was compared to Pakistan’s Wasim Akram due to his extraordinary swing and promising performances. He joined the national team shortly after turning 19. When Pathan bowled a hat-trick in the opening over of a Test match against Pakistan in Karachi early in 2006, he became the unique bowler to do so. But the good run was short-lived, as Pathan’s ability to take wickets declined and he gradually lost pace and swing after the beginning of 2006.

Irfan Pathan Biography

Irfan Pathan is an actor and former Indian cricket player. In cricket, he was an all-around bowler for India, who won the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and the first ICC Twenty20 World Cup in 2007. Shortly after turning 19, Irfan Pathan, who started his career as a seam and fast-medium swing bowler, made his debut for the national squad. His impressive swing and promising performances led to comparisons with Pakistan’s Wasim Akram. Early in 2006, Pathan became the only bowler to score a Test hat-trick in the first over of a match (against Pakistan in Karachi).

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The winning run ended too, as Pathan’s speed and swing began to wane at the start of 2006, leading to a drop in the amount of wickets he claimed. Even though Pathan had a great bat, he was not regarded as a specialist, and by the end of 2006, he had been dropped from the team in both Tests and ODIs. By 2007, he had disappeared from the squad altogether until making a return in the 2007 World Twenty20.
The date of Irfan Pathan’s birth is October 27, 1984. As of 2022, Irfan Pathan is 38 years old. Gujarat’s Baroda is the birthplace of Irfan Pathan. Scorpio is Irfan Pathan’s zodiac sign. Irfan Pathan stands 1.83 meters, or 6 inches, tall. Islam is the religion of Irfan Pathan. Left-handed batting is used by Irfan Pathan.

Irfan Pathan Biography Details

Full name
Irfan Khan Pathan
Born27 October 1984 (age 39)
Baroda, Gujarat, India
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
BowlingLeft-arm medium-fast
RoleAll rounder
RelationsYusuf Pathan (brother)

Who Is Irfan Pathan?

Irfan Pathan is a former Indian cricketer turned commentator and analyst. He was a bowling all-rounder and a member of the Indian cricket team that won the inaugural 2007 ICC Twenty20 World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
  • Born: 27 October 1984 (age 39 years), Vadodara
  • Spouse: Safa Baig (m. 2016)
  • Dates joined: 2017 (Gujarat Lions), MORE
  • Parents: Mehmood Khan Pathan, Samimbanu Pathan

Background & Personal Overview

Pathan, a member of the Pathan community in Gujarat, was born on October 27, 1984, in Baroda, Gujarat, India. He is of Pashtun (Pathan) origin. He was up in a poor family in a mosque in Vadodara alongside his older brother Yusuf. The muezzin was his father. Pathan and his brother developed an interest in cricket against their parents’ wishes for them to pursue careers as Islamic scholars. His deliveries did not always reach the other end of the cricket pitch in the beginning, but he gradually improved thanks to his family’s discipline and intense six-hour training sessions in the intense heat.

Pathan was in a relationship with Shivangi Dev, an Australian, for ten years. She desired to wed him, but their romance ended in 2012 as a result of Irfan’s desire for his older brother Yusuf to marry before she did. On February 4, 2016, in Mecca, he wed Safa Baig, a model from Jeddah. Two sons are born to them.

Early career

Pathan progressed to be selected in the Under-14 Baroda cricket team under the mentorship of former Indian captain Datta Gaekwad. Afterwards, when he was chosen at the Under-15 level to represent Baroda in a national tournament, he was finally given a complete set of cricket equipment, having previously been limited to used gear because of his family’s low income. Less than two months after turning thirteen, in December 1997, Pathan made his debut for the Baroda Under-16 squad. After taking a total of 1/35, he scored 1 and 11 against Gujarat, and he was dropped right away. After a two-year hiatus, he returned to the Under-16s in November 1999, just over a month after turning fifteen.

Maharashtra versus Baroda Under-19s. In the triumph, he scored 61 and 9 for a total of 3/41 but was demoted to the Under-16s for the following game and remained there for the remainder of the 1999–2000 campaign. In the lower level, he bowled in brief bursts, averaging less than seven overs per innings while taking four wickets at 38.00 in six games. With the bat, he was more successful, with 253 runs at 31.62, including a career-high 72 against Mumbai. In the middle of 2000, Pathan was then chosen for the India Under-15 squad, which was to play a series of games against international teammates. In ten games, including a best of 3/2 against Thailand, he took 15 wickets at 12.66 and scored 15 runs.

Youth career

Pathan returned to the Under-19 team at the beginning of the 2000–01 season, bowling more frequently and producing more than 20 overs each innings. He amassed 102 runs at 102.00 in four games, including a career-high 63 not out, and claimed 10 wickets at 32.50. After that, he was moved up to the Under-22 team. In his first game there against Saurashtra, he scored 44 and took 4/71, which convinced the Baroda selectors to move him up to the senior squad. He was then chosen for the India Emerging Players team in 2003–04 to play a series of limited-overs matches against Sri Lankan and Pakistani opponents. In three games, including two matches against Pakistan (4/22 and 3/35), Pathan claimed seven wickets at an average of 11,000 runs.

Domestic career

In March 2001, he made his debut against Bengal after fellow left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan was called up to the national team. In a 222-run victory, he took 3/40 and 2/68 while scoring 13 not out and 2. Even though he was only able to claim two more wickets overall in the final three matches, Baroda was still able to win the Ranji Trophy. Against Orissa, he scored a season-high 40 runs without conceding a wicket, finishing with seven wickets at 43.28 and 75 runs at 12.50. Baroda defeated the Rest of India in the Ranji Trophy to earn a spot in the Irani Trophy the next season. Pathan took 3/95 and 1/34 in a losing effort despite scoring 32 in the second inning, but.

International career

At the Adelaide Oval in December 2003, Pathan made his Test debut against Australia in the Second Test. Following Zaheer Khan’s injury in the First Test for Baroda, he took the opening wicket at the age of 19. He removed Matthew Hayden from the game despite conceding 160 runs at a rate of nearly five runs per over. It was an intense game. India won by four wickets with him scoring one run in his lone innings. After Zaheer returned for the next Test, he was dropped, but after Zaheer failed in his single stint in the Third Test, he was called up for the Fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Pathan removed Steve Waugh and Adam Gilchrist from the game on a different flat pitch.


Full NameIrfan Khan Pathan
ProfessionIndian Cricketer (Bowling All-rounder)

Physical Stats & More

Height (approx.)in centimeters- 183 cm
meters- 1.83 m
in Feet Inches- 6’ 0”
Weight (approx.)Kilograms- 73 kg
in Pounds- 161 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)– Chest: 42 Inches
– Waist: 33 inches
– Biceps: 13.5 Inches
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack


International DebutTest- 12 December 2003 vs Australia in Adelaide
ODI- 9 January 2004 vs Australia in Melbourne
T20- 1 December 2006 vs South Africa in Johannesburg
Coach/MentorDatta Gaekwad
Jersey Number#56 (India)
#56 (IPL, County Cricket)
Domestic/State TeamMiddlesex, Kings XI Punjab, India, Delhi Daredevils, India Blue, India A, Baroda, India Red, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings
Nature on fieldAggressive
Likes to play againstPakistan
Favourite BallIn Swing
Records (main ones)• Quickest Indian ODI player to get 100 wicket (in 59 matches)
• In 2003 Under – 19 World Cup, he took 9 wickets against Bangladesh and set a world record for the most wickets in an ODI.
• He took 3 important wickets in the first T20 World Cup final in South Africa against Pakistan, and was given the Man of the Match award.
Career Turning PointSelection in the Indian Test squad against Australia in 2003.

Personal Life

Date of Birth27 October 1984 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2024)40 Years
BirthplaceBaroda, Gujarat, India
Zodiac signScorpio
HometownBaroda, Gujarat, India
SchoolMES High School, Baroda
FamilyFather- Mehmood Khan Pathan
Mother- Samimbanu Pathan
Brother- Yusuf Pathan (Cricketer, Step-brother)
Sisters- Shagufta Pathan (Younger)
HobbiesPlaying cricket, table tennis and volleyball


CricketerBatsman: Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Hashim Amla, Viv Richards
Bowler: Wasim Akram, Dale Steyn
FoodBiryani, Paya, mixed veg., mango and methi keema
ActorAmitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan
ActressJuhi Chawla
FilmHera Pheri
SongTake my breath away – Top Gun

Girls, Family & More

Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/Girlfriends• Shivangi Dev,
• Safa Baig (model)
• Payal Gosh (actor)
Note: According to Payal Gosh, she had dated Irfan Pathan for five years, starting in 2011. She made this claim through a post on X on 1 December 2023. 
WifeSafa Baig (Model)
ChildrenSon- 2
• Imran Khan Pathan (born in 2016)
• Suleiman Khan (born on 28 December 2021)

Money Factor

Net Worth$8 million

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