By Rishabh Naudiyal Last Updated:
Cricket is undoubtedly a religion in India, and over the decades, this country has given some unbelievable cricketers to world cricket. However, there's one bowling all-rounder, who was famous for his unplayable swing balls and reliable batting, who had created a place in the hearts of millions in a short span. Yes! We are talking about the left-handed former Indian cricketer, Irfan Pathan, who was also considered by many as the next Kapil Dev of Indian cricket during his early days because of his ability to do wonders with both a ball and a bat.
There's no doubt that during his peak, Irfan was the kind of bowler every batsman would want to avoid, such was his ability to swing the ball both ways. While his illustrious career and records are known to everyone. Only a few are aware of Irfan's beautiful love story with his wife, Safa Baig. So, without further ado, let's jump straight into it!
Irfan Pathan had made his debut at the age of 19, and he was one of the best young talents of his generation. His biggest strength was the ability to swing the ball both ways, just like the legendary bowler, Wasim Akram. One of the highest points of Irfan's career was that he was a vital member of the Indian cricket team that had won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. For the unversed, Irfan was the only bowler to take a hat-trick in the first over of a Test match. However, today, we will tell you how Irfan had fallen in love with Safa, where they had met for the first time, Safa's family and career background, and everything about their love story. So, without further ado, let's get started.
The gorgeous Safa Baig was born on February 28, 1994, in a wealthy family based in the Azizyah district of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Safa's father is a prominent businessman in Saudi, because of which Safa and her three sisters have lived a lavish lifestyle. Talking about the early stages of her life, Safa did her schooling at International Indian School in Jeddah. She was also a timid girl who didn't get along with people quite quickly.
After completing her schooling, Safa had developed a profound interest in modelling. Despite being raised in an orthodox Muslim family, her parents had supported their daughter in her career choices. After years of hard work, Safa had become Gulf's one of the most popular models with striking looks, beauty, and brains. Besides her exceptional modelling career, Safa has a keen interest in nail art and is quite brilliant in it.
According to multiple media portals, it is reported that Irfan Pathan and his wife, Safa Baig, had met for the first time in 2014. During one of his tours, Irfan had allegedly crossed paths with her at a social gathering. The cricketer had fallen in love with her instantly. Despite their age gap of 10 years, Irfan and Safa had developed a beautiful bond with each other, and within two years, they had fallen head-over-heels in love with one another. After dating each other for almost two years, Irfan had decided to invite his ladylove, Safa, to Vadodara to introduce her to his parents and family. Beautiful Safa impressed everyone with her traditional values, humility, and fun-loving nature. After which, the two families had met each other and had finalised their marriage.
In a low-key wedding ceremony, Irfan Pathan and Safa Baig became each other's forever on February 4, 2016. Only close family members and relatives were invited at the nikaah ceremony to bless the newly-wedded couple with their warm wishes. The nikaah ceremony had happened in the divine and iconic town of Mecca. While the dinner was accompanied in Jeddah.
After their nikaah, the couple, along with their respective family members, had flown straight to Vadodara, where they had treated their friends and colleagues with a grand dinner at the Laxmi Vilas Palace. The wedding reception was nothing less than a celebrity expo, as cricketers like RP Singh, VVS Laxman, Parthiv Patel with his wife Avni, Unmukt Chand, Piyush Chawla, Gautam Gambhir, Vinay Kumar, Parvez Rasool, Kiran More and Krunal Pandya were present at the reception. Also, some prominent Bollywood celebrities were also present to wish Irfan and Safa a happy married life.
Irfan Pathan and his wife, Safa Baig had embraced parenthood on December 20, 2016, after she gave birth to a baby boy. Irfan disclosed the happy news on his social media handle. The cricketer had taken to his Instagram handle and had shared a mesmerisingly beautiful picture of his newborn baby's little hand holding his finger. The picture broke the internet at that time, and congratulatory messages from across the nation were on Safa and Irfan's way. Along with this priceless picture, Irfan had written a cute caption, and it could be read as "Is ehsas ko Bayaan karna Mushkil hai…is me Ek behtareen si Kashish hay, blessed with a baby boy." After some time, the madly-in-love couple had revealed that they had named their baby boy 'Imran Khan Pathan'.
The lovebirds, Irfan Pathan and his wife, Safa Baig, had never shared their pictures from their nikaah ceremony on social media, but with time, the couple had slowly and steadily started to show some rare pictures from their grand wedding reception. For instance, it was on February 4, 2020, when Irfan and Saba had completed four years of togetherness, and on the special occasion, the cricketer had decided to share an unseen picture from his wedding reception. The picture was all over the internet in split seconds, and people were in love with Safa and Irfan's chemistry. Along with it, he had written, "Time flies they say, but the Only thing flying is me, HIGH IN LOVE! Happy anniversary wifey #love #anniversary #4years."
On April 1, 2021, Irfan Pathan had scrolled through his phone gallery and had shared a video from his trip to Russia with his wife, Safa Baig. In the video, we could see Irfan recording the scenic view of snow-filled lanes, and his wifey, Safa, was seen striking cute poses for the camera. We could also hear the cricketer saying to Safa that the place is looking beautiful, just like her. Irfan had captioned the video as "Beautiful or creepy? #throwback to the time we were in Russia. #missyou."
On February 28, 2020, Safa Baig had celebrated her 26th birthday and to make her day special, her doting husband, Irfan Pathan, had shared a cute note. He had taken to his IG handle and had posted adorable pictures with his wife and son from their Russian vacation. Along with it, he had written, "You are special to me not only on your birthday but every day my darling. Wishing you a very happy birthday #safa #wifey #birthday #love #28thfeb."
According to caknowledge.com, Irfan Pathan's net worth is estimated to be around 7 million USD (approx Rs 51 crore). The cricketer earned most of his income from cricket and brand work, as he holds a sincere rapport in everyone's eyes. It is reported that the monthly income of Irfan is around Rs 35 lakhs, and the yearly sum goes up to Rs 4 crore. From owning a luxurious house in his hometown, Vadodara, worth the whopping sum of Rs. 6 Crore, he also owns some elite cars such as Mercedes Benz, Mahindra Scorpio, and Toyota Fortuner. Last but not the least, is his investment in real estate across the country, which is reportedly growing at a productive pace.
There's no denying that Irfan Pathan and his wife, Safa Baig, are a match made-in-heaven, and it's hard to find another couple who complement each other, like the way they do to each other. From their European trips, dinner dates to sweet gestures for one another and supporting each other in their respective dreams, both Irfan and Safa are inspirational in every manner. We wish this stunning couple a life full of happiness and love!