Cricketer Irfan Pathan on the occasion of Christmas decided to reveal his son’s name as Imran Khan Pathan, a name that he said is very close to his heart and that of his family.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 25, 2016
But even before his son’s name was made public, Irfan was being ruthlessly trolled by many thanks to actor duo Kareena and Saif naming their kid Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi.
Congratulations. Please conduct a Twitter poll before naming said child. https://t.co/l3kVOvrtbk
— Junaid. (@juneymb) December 20, 2016
The fact that Irfan’s son and Kareena’s son were born just few hours apart, ensured that Irfan had to wait few days before he could make his son’s name public, but during this waiting period, via few tweets, he ensured that people know that no matter what he names him, the child would do him and the country proud.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 22, 2016
While initially, it was not clear as to why Irfan replied to a particular tweet, with him disclosing his son’s name as Imran Khan on December 25, is seem to have given us few clues.
While he has nowhere mentioned, why the name Imran is close to his heart, many have not been able to ignore the fact that one of Pakistan’s most famous Cricketer is also named Imran Khan.
— ksri (@ksri6699) December 26, 2016
— Shaz Chandel (@the_technophile) December 27, 2016
— Waqas Khan (@WaqasKh1987) December 26, 2016
Further, everyone who has followed Irfan’s cricketing history knows that he got his hat-trick in his first over of the Karachi Test in 2006 and was highly praised by Pakistani great Imran Khan for it.
One can also not ignore the fact that Imran Khan is considered one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket and another cricketer naming his kid after him is absolutely no surprise.