Irfan Pathan Survives Maiden Attack !

Kolkata, Aug 17 (DHNS): Paceman Irfan Pathan was almost caught and bowled by a lass here on Monday.

She was at the height of passion but the lanky cricketer’s height stood in the way. The female fan’s lunge to plant a peck on Pathan’s cheek who got engaged to an Aussie beauty recently, sent everybody present at a function into a tizzy.

Irfan’s elder brother Yusuf was a bemused spectator at short leg. The caper took place at a city hotel where Irfan and his elder brother were distributing  prizes to lucky winners of a contest organised by Tata Indicom. The woman, S Khatun, who works for an insurance company, was one of the winners who sprang a surprise after accepting the prize from Irfan.
As Khatun lunged at him on the stage, Irfan fended her off using his height to the hilt and just managed a blushing smile after the aborted hug and kiss. However, the girl who was waiting for a photo op with the two brothers, stood her ground on the stage even after being caught at silly point, so to say. She later said she just could not hold herself standing, well ,within kissing distance of Irfan.

“I am a big fan of Irfan. I wanted to touch him and I’ve done it. I am very happy,” an elated Khatun told reporters. Asked what she was mumbling to Pathan on the stage, she replied: “I was telling him that I wanted to hug and kiss him. But he was saying ‘no no, please don’t do it. Shivangi gala kat legi (Shivangi will cut my throat).’”

Shivangi Dev is Irfan’s fiancee. Sabina vehemently denied that what she did was pre-planned.

“It all happened at that moment. I did not make any plans beforehand.”

Irfan later said he was on his guard after the lady submitted her proposal. “I kept an eye on her. The moment I saw her move, I reacted and blocked her.”

Dhoni episode

The incident is reminiscent of Indian captain M S Dhoni’s “predicament” at the Eden Gardens here a couple of years ago when he was subjected to an indentical attack of passion from a frenzied female fan who broke the security cordon and hugged and kissed him when he came down from the team bus to give autographs.


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  • praveen,

    Wed, Aug 19 2009

    She missed the good opporrtunity

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  • Moin Pujoor, Dubai

    Wed, Aug 19 2009

    Such a silly issue becomes issue in this great country . she wanted to make a name ... he didnt let let it be...both of them have their right to personal choice...

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  • Balakrishna T. Shetty, Palladakody/Mangalore/Riyadh

    Tue, Aug 18 2009

    Irfan Pathan, it’s totally wrong from your side. Yes, she tried to give a kiss on your cheek and wanted to hug you but it’s not by any negative intension. Suppose she would be a film star or sports star, what would be the reaction from your side? During IPL your sponsor Miss Preeti Jinta was hugging you in each and every match, why you had not blocked her hug. S.Khatun is normal woman that’s why you were neglected her, right? I am a big fan of you, here you disappointed me too.

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  • Clifford, Moodbidri / Dubai

    Tue, Aug 18 2009

    Well said Mr.Anthony, I agree with you. Irfan Bhai, ye tune kya kiya, ladki ka dil dukaya, samjakaro yaar

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  • Roshan , m''bidri/A''dhabi

    Tue, Aug 18 2009

    I watched this video,yes Irfan definately disappointed her, she was a normal fan and wanted to hug him and kiss on his cheek aft she recd the award that''s all.Come on Irfan

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  • Manjunatha Bangera, Kasaragodu/Bengaluru

    Tue, Aug 18 2009

    You are absolutely right Mr. Crasta. She meant no harm. Irfan should have taken it sportingly.

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  • Antony Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney Australia

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Come on Irfan Pathan, you could have been bit of a sport! - a kiss on your cheek or a hug from the young lady wouldn`t have hurt you, or for that matter, your fiancee!. You disappointed a loyal and sincere lady fan of yours!

    Unfortunately, that`s the price one has to pay for being famous and celebrity - adoration and admiration for idols and heros like you from the opposite sex is quite common, and one has to be prepared for such show of adolation and affection, irrespective whether one is a single or in a relationship. Generally, no malice or harm intended by such fans.

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