Earlier in the day, Laxman had shared a photo of Pathan as part of his initiative of paying tribute to his teammates, who have influenced him immensely.
Despite grappling with his fair share of challenges, @IrfanPathan retained his fierce passion for the sport. Along… https://t.co/0TUxY90916
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 1592017483000
The right-handed batsman applauded the former Indian all-rounder for his passion for cricket despite facing many barriers in his career.
Replying to Laxman’s tweet, Pathan said, “Thank you bhai. It was an absolute privilege to have shared dressing with you and now our friendship.”
@VVSLaxman281 Thank you https://t.co/zmE4o2HzFs was absolute privilage to have shared dressing with you n now our friendship
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 1592028299000
Pathan was considered by many as the most lethal swing and seam bowler to emerge from India after Kapil Dev. Pathan played a clinical role in the final of the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup against Pakistan in 2007.
He is one of the three bowlers to have claimed a Test hat-trick for India and the first in the world to claim it in the first over of the match.
In 2006, Pathan dismissed Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf on consecutive deliveries.
Pathan donned the Indian jersey for the first time in Test cricket when he played against Australia at Adelaide in 2003. India won that match by four wickets and Pathan picked his maiden wicket in the game.
The 35-year-old announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in January this year.