Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan recently celebrated his eighth marriage anniversary with his wife, Safa Baig, sharing a heartfelt note on social media. In a touching message, Pathan expressed his gratitude for the various roles his wife plays in his life, describing her as a mood booster, comedian, troublemaker, constant companion, friend, and mother to their children.
This post marked the first time when the public saw the face of Safa Baig, as Pathan had previously kept it hidden, sparking criticism. In his post, he said, “Infinite roles mastered by one soul: mood booster, comedian, troublemaker, and the constant companion, friend, and mother of my children. On this beautiful journey, I cherish you as my wife. Happy 8th, my love.”
Beyond his personal life, Irfan Pathan has been actively involved in cricket discussions. Recently, he defended young batters Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, despite their recent struggles. Pathan pointed out the absence of senior player Virat Kohli and the injury to KL Rahul, emphasising the challenges faced by the team management. He suggested that the management needed to decide whether to introduce a new player immediately or wait for the return of key players.
Irfan Pathan praised Jasprit Bumrah
Irfan Pathan’s comments came amidst India trailing 1-0 in the ongoing five-match series against England. The first game, held at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, saw India lose by 28 runs. However, in the second Test in Visakhapatnam, India took control after Jasprit Bumrah’s impressive display of reverse swing on a flat deck. Starting the day at 336 for six, India tallied 396 all out in their first innings, with Yashasvi Jaiswal contributing a maiden double hundred.
Jaiswal’s standout performance became a bright spot in an otherwise challenging batting effort for India. England, in response, was bowled out for 253 in their first inning, giving India a substantial 143-run lead. The developments in the second test indicate a potential turnaround for the Indian team as they strive to level the series. Irfan Pathan’s insights into the challenges faced by the team and his support for the young players provide valuable perspectives in the cricketing discourse.