I feel proud: Irfan Pathan to Pakistani girl on why he plays for India despite being Muslim

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New Delhi, Feb 13: India pacer Irfan Pathan narrated an incident when he was asked by a Pakistani girl that why was he playing for India, despite being a Muslim.

The Baroda all-rounder's response would, perhaps, fill every Indian's heart with pride.

"It is a matter of pride for me to play for India," Pathan revealed about replybing  to the question posed by the Pakistani fan.

Pathan was further quoted by The Indian Express as saying, "That incident still motivates me to do better. Although there are many moments during my career that do give me reasons to feel proud of my effort."

As per the 32-year-old left-arm pacer, the favourite memory of his life will be the moment when he recieved the India cap from Sourav Ganguly for his debut during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia in 2003.

Pathan played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India. The all-rounder has scored over 1,800 runs and picked up 301 wickets. He is the only Indian bowler to have claimed a first over hat-trick in Tests, which he got against Pakistan in 2006.

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