Mohammad Irfan is a Pakistani cricketer, and probably the tallest player in international cricket. He was born on 6th June 1982.
Bowling from a height of 7 feet and one inch, the left arm pacer manages to produce bounce even on the most sluggish pitches.
Hailing from Gugga Pandi in Eastern Pakistan, Irfan had little opportunities, to begin with. His potential might have gone unnoticed in a plastic pipe factory if former Pakistan cricketer and coach Aaqib Javed had not noticed him playing in club cricket.
Irfan was given a chance to play for Khan Research Academy in first class cricket in 2009, where he played an impressive first season. Playing ten games, he scalped 43 wickets.
After a spectacular debut in Pakistan’s domestic circuit, Irfan was called for the national squad in the ODI series against England in 2010. He could not manage a wicket and disappointed in the matches after that. This led to his drop from the side and had to wait for 2 years for another chance.
In test cricket, he made his debut in 2013 against South Africa where he scalped 3 wickets. He played three more matches in the same year but was not called for team thereafter.
Irfan’s T20 debut came against arch rivals, India in 2012. He took one wicket giving 6.25 runs an over.
Rise to Glory
Following a poor ODI debut, Irfan, however, announced his arrival in the series against India in early 2012. Bowling consistently at a speed over 140 kmph, Irfan troubled Indian batsmen and emerged as an eminent figure in the series win.
In the last match of the series, Irfan helped India restrict to 167 by conceding 28 runs and grabbing 2 wickets. This also helped him in cementing his spot in the Pakistan bowling attack.
In Pakistan’s disappointing run in the 2016 T20 Asia Cup, Irfan helped his team win the only match against Sri Lanka. He scalped two wickets while giving away only 18 runs.
In the 60 ODI matches played for Pakistan, he has taken 83 wickets. However, he failed to establish his presence in Test cricket.
In 2017, Mohammad Irfan was banned from international cricket when he was contacted by bookies and he failed to report. The ban was lifted after 6 months.
Irfan currently plays for Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League. He played for Multan Tigers and Islamabad United before joining Sultans. In Bangladesh Premier League, Irfan played for Dhaka Dynamites in the 2015 season.