Focussing on my natural game: Yusuf Pathan

Kolkata: He wants to finish games like he did for the Kolkata Knight Riders against Delhi Daredevils but Yusuf Pathan won’t change his flamboyant style of batsmanship.

“There was a lot of pressure I just wanted to play my natural game. You will always get out at some point, be it in the first ball or in the 40th ball. But it’s about playing my shots and making the balls count,” Pathan said.

On his own admission, Pathan feels that he is a special talent, who need not compete with anyone but focus on his own game. “Everyone has some special talents, and I am also special in my way. I don’t want to compete with anyone. I want to prove myself with my performance on the field,” Pathan said with a lot of conviction.

So does he harbour hopes of an India comeback with so many ahead of him for those couple of slots in the middle order? “It does not matter to me who’s ahead of me (in representing India). I consider myself as a special talent,” Pathan said.

Having scored 39-ball-59 against Delhi Daeredevils, the India discard proved why he is so highly rated in the Kolkata Knight Riders ranks despite his gamechanging knocks being few and far in between.

“I have to back my talent. It does not take time for things to change. If I continue to perform well, at some point I will get an opportunity if not today then tomorrow,” Pathan seemed positive that he may once again don the India blues.

“I don’t want to look at others. My job is to play good cricket and the start has been good this time. I should be satisfied with my cricket and be prepared whenever I get a chance,” he said.

Pathan has had his share of disappointment with the team especially during their maiden title-winning campaign in 2012 when he managed just 194 in 17 matches without a single half-century but the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise has backed him throughout these years.

In fact, his 112 matches since 2011 is one more than skipper Gautam Gambhir’s 111 games for the popular Kolkata franchise.


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