NEW DELHI – Yusuf Pathan, who was back in the limelight after his blistering knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad, attributed his success to team's bowling coach Wasim Akram who has helped him understand the psyche of opposition bowlers.
Yusuf Pathan's lightning knock of 22-ball 72 blew away Sunrisers Hyderabad as Kolkata Knight Riders chased down the 161-run target in 14.2 overs to seal the second place in the points table ahead of the playoffs. Pathan said, he never went out of business and was just a little unlucky as all cricketers go through such phases in their career.
He said the team’s bowling coach Wasim Akram's advice was of great help to him to prepare mentally. Pathan, who is often criticised for his failure to live up to the reputation of a big hitter, hit back at his critics after scoring the fastest fifty in the IPL at the Eden Gardens. His fifty came in just 15 balls to break Adam Gilchrist's record of 17 balls.
“Wasim Bhai is a great inspiration and he has a lot of good advice from all his experience that any player can learn from. He has helped me with the mental preparation and understanding a bowler's mindset to the game,” the Indian cricketer said in an interview to the Press Trust of India news service.
Asked about whether vintage Yusuf is back in business, he said, “I never thought he went out of business. He was just a little unlucky and all cricketers go through phases in their career. I am just happy to have been able to contribute to my team.” Pathan, who completed his half-century in a record 15 deliveries, was especially severe on South African quick Dale Steyn -- hitting the pacer for three fours and two six in the 12th over to take home the momentum.
The elder of the Pathan brothers however, denied targeting any particular bowler and said he wanted to dominate all of them. “I was just looking to attack all the bowlers as we had to do so in order to finish in the top two. The main aim was to do that so I was just looking to dominate all the bowlers,” he said. Pathan though got out in the 13th over off Karn Sharma but he had done the damage as SA Yadav hit the winning six in the very next over to take KKR into the playoffs as the number two side.