Mohammad Irfan is a Pakistani cricketer who is claimed to be the world’s tallest player. On June 6, 1982, he was born.
Except on the most slow pitches, the left arm pacer continues to generate bounce from a height of 7 feet and one inch.
Irfan, who was born in Gugga Pandi in Eastern Pakistan, had few chances to begin with. If former Pakistan cricketer and coach Aaqib Javed had not observed him playing club cricket, his talent could have gone unnoticed in a plastic pipe factory.
In 2009, Irfan was given the opportunity to play first-class cricket for Khan Research Academy, where he had a fruitful debut season. He claimed 43 wickets in ten games.
Irfan was selected for the national squad in the ODI series against England in 2010 after a dazzling debut in Pakistan’s domestic circuit. He struggled to take a wicket and then underperformed in subsequent matches. As a result, he was dropped from the team and had to wait two years for another opportunity.
He made his test cricket debut in 2013 against South Africa, taking three wickets. In the same year, he played three more matches but was not called back to the side.
In 2012, Irfan made his T20 debut against India, his arch-rivals. He had one wicket and scored 6.25 runs per over.
Rise to Glory
Irfan declared his arrival in the series against India in early 2012, despite a disappointing ODI debut. Irfan, who bowled at a steady pace of over 140 kmph, worried Indian batsmen and was a key figure in the series victory.
Irfan contributed to India’s 167-run total in the final match of the series by conceding 28 runs and taking two wickets. This also aided him in securing a place in Pakistan’s bowling attack.
Irfan helped Pakistan win the only match against Sri Lanka during Pakistan’s frustrating run in the 2016 T20 Asia Cup. He took two wickets for the loss of just 18 runs.
He has 83 wickets in 60 One-Day Internationals for Pakistan. He was unable to find himself in Test cricket, however.
When Mohammad Irfan was approached by bookies and declined to report, he was suspended from international cricket in 2017. Within six months, the suspension was lifted.
Irfan is currently a member of the Pakistan Super League’s Multan Sultans. Until joining Sultans, he played for Multan Tigers and Islamabad United. Irfan played for Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League in 2015.