Legends League Cricket 2022: Irfan Pathan on fire, fires Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Yousuf in his first over

Not many people can forget the dream that Irfan Pathan threw in the third test match between India and Pakistan in Karachi in 2006. The then-young left-arm pacemaker caught fire and took a hat-trick in the first over of the Test, removing some of the biggest names in Pakistan’s cricket, including Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan.

Back to 2022, it looks like the former fast bowler from India still has it in him. Irfan came in the bowl for India Maharajas in the opening game of the inaugural edition of the Legends League Cricket and struck twice, eliminating well-known foes Mohammad Yousuf and Mohammad Hafeez in his first-ever match at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Oman.

Irfan Pathan swung the momentum back in favor of the Indian Maharajas against Asian Lions, taking the wicket of recently retired Pakistani batter Mohammad Hafez. The former Pakistani all-rounder was caught on a run trying to hook one past the offside fielder.

Shortly after, Irfan Mohammad Yousuf caught up to 1. His seam position brought back memories of the vintage left arm pacer that instilled fear in the minds of Pakistani batters on his first tour across the border. Pathan got one who threw at a good length and moved just as far from the right-hander to take his lead.

The Asian Lions were reduced to 80 for 4 after Irfan’s double attack in Al Amerat.

Where to watch Legends League Cricket 2022

The Legends League Cricket is played in Oman between three teams: the India Maharajas, the Asian Lions and the World Giants. The 20-over competition for former superstars will be played from January 20-29.

The Indian Maharajas were led by Mohammad Kaif on Thursday in the absence of Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh, who had signed up to play for the Indian team in the T20 league.

Former Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq led the Asia Lions team against the India Maharajas on Thursday.

India opened the bowl with Stuart Binny, who struck in the first over of the tournament, eliminating former Sri Lanka opener Tilakaratne Dilshan. Manpreet Gony then got the wicket from Pakistani wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who looked good to score a big after racing to 25.

FULL SQUADS: LEGENDS LEAGUE CRICKET 2022

Indian Maharajas: Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Naman Ojha, Manpreet Gony, Hemang Badani, Venugopal Rao, Munaf Patel, Sanjay Bangar, Nayan Mongia and Amit Bhandari.

Asiatic lions: Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kamran Akmal, Chaminda Vaas, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Azhar Mahmood, Upul Tharanga, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Yousuf, and Umar Gulul Afghaans.

World Giants: Kevin Petersen, Darren Sammy, Daniel Vettori, Brett Lee, Jonty Rhodes, Imran Tahir, Owais Shah, Herschelle Gibbs, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Corey Anderson, Monty Panesar, Brad Haddin, Kevin O’Brien and Brendan Taylor.

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