Early Years and Early Struggles
Mohammad Irfan, a giant of a cricketer, was born on June 6, 1982, in the small town of Gaggu Mandi, Pakistan. Standing at a towering height of 7 feet 1 inch, Irfan’s entry into professional cricket was not the conventional one. Before cricket, he worked in a plastic pipe factory, trying to make ends meet for his family. But destiny had different plans for him.
Rise to Prominence
Irfan’s sheer height and ability to generate steep bounce caught the eye of former Pakistan cricketer Aaqib Javed, who encouraged him to pursue a career in cricket. This marked the beginning of a remarkable journey for Irfan. With raw talent and hard work, he soon found himself representing his country at the highest level.
In 2010, Mohammad Irfan made his international debut for Pakistan in a T20 match against England. His imposing presence and the ability to extract extra bounce from even the most docile pitches made him a rare commodity in world cricket. Irfan’s memorable performances include a remarkable spell of 7 for 40 against South Africa, which showcased his potential as a match-winner.
Challenges and Setbacks
Despite his potential, Irfan faced numerous challenges in his career. In 2017, he was banned for six months due to a violation of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code. This setback not only derailed his career but also tested his resolve to make a comeback. However, Irfan remained resilient and focused on redemption.
Legacy and Beyond
Mohammad Irfan’s journey is a testament to the indomitable human spirit. His stature may have made him stand out, but it was his determination and perseverance that made him a role model for aspiring cricketers. Today, even as he nears the twilight of his career, Irfan’s impact on Pakistan cricket and his status as a giant fast bowler will be etched in the annals of the sport’s history.