Mumbai v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Mumbai May 7, 2013

An impact player without the impact

Whichever way you spin it, Yusuf Pathan has failed to be the match-changer Kolkata Knight Riders hoped he could be
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It was a Champions League Twenty20 qualifier game in Hyderabad in 2011. Kolkata Knight Riders were batting. Yusuf Pathan was sitting in the team dugout. The crowd was going ballistic chanting his name and Brett Lee was egging them on. Ryan ten Doeschate, another team-mate, spoke later about the "superstardom" players such as Pathan enjoyed in India.

Yusuf Khan Pathan is supposed to be one of those "impact" players. People fill stadiums to watch his powerful hitting. Fans will remember his ODI hundred in South Africa and his century for Rajasthan Royals for a long time to come. Followers of the game know it takes a man of special talent to produce such innings. They know that even such men can produce those innings only once in a few games. Yet, there is something magnetic about raw, explosive hitters that draws people to watch them bat.

Unfortunately for his fans, and for his IPL franchise, Pathan has not even come close to repeating those aforementioned innings during three seasons that have cost Knight Riders two million dollars each. He's walked in with huge expectations, frame massive, gait awkward and bat dangling. Soon, he's walked back with dashed expectations, frame massive, gait awkward and bat dangling. There have been next to no explosions from his bat, there has not even been a whiff of an explosion.

Forget a century, in three seasons and 39 innings, he is yet to score a fifty. In those 39 innings, he has made three match-winning, unbeaten forties. Three. On all those three occasions, he has had a readymade base built by a top order led by his consistent captain Gautam Gambhir.

Yusuf has not changed the course of any game for Knight Riders with his bat. He has hardly surprised any attack with the frenetic hitting he is capable of, like David Miller surprised Royal Challengers Bangalore a night ago. He has hardly stunned any opposition side with a late assault, like AB de Villiers does so regularly.

He has been tried at every position from opener to No 7. He has failed when he has had time to get himself in, which has been often. He has failed when he has not had time to get himself in, which has not been often. Of 28 completed innings, he has come in to bat inside 15 overs on 22 occasions and inside 12 overs on 16 occasions. Only three of these times has he gone past 30. Most decent domestic batsmen could have managed better stats if they were also afforded a guaranteed run over three seasons.

Yusuf, or rather, Yusuf's reputation, remains a huge draw, though, and he continues to be stoutly defended by Gambhir. "T20 is such a format that no one is in form and no one is out of form as well," Gambhir said ahead of Knight Riders' game against Mumbai Indians. "I know in India it happens that someone who doesn't score runs in T20, they say he is out of form and someone who scores, they say he is in form. For me T20 is such a format where small contributions make a huge difference and small contributions will end up winning you games."

If that is what Gambhir and Knight Riders were looking for, they must be really valuing small over big for them to throw away two million dollars behind it. Anyway, put whatever spin you want on it, small or big, Yusuf has had little contribution to make.

After an utterly disappointing IPL season in 2012, he made a vital, unbeaten 40 off 21 in the first qualifier play-off against Delhi Daredevils to help Knight Riders make the final. And this is what Gambhir had to say after the game. "I was asked why I persist with Yusuf Pathan. I have always said that he is a magical player and that he will come good when it would matter the most. I was proved right today."

This is another excuse thrown around to cover Yusuf's failures - he is a "big-game" player. Tonight was a big game , considering the position Knight Riders are in on the points table. He made 13 off 8 and fell attempting a slog at Pragyan Ojha. What about the really big games, the knockouts? That one innings in the 2012 qualifier is often given as evidence of Yusuf's big-game ability.

He managed 26 off 24 in the 2011 eliminator that Knight Riders lost to Mumbai Indians. Possible mitigating factor: Knight Riders were 15 for 3 when Yusuf walked in. Shouldn't have mattered to a big-game player. In the 2012 IPL final, the biggest game so far for Knight Riders, they needed 39 off 22 when Yusuf came in. Jacques Kallis hit a four and a six off consecutive deliveries to bring it down to 27 off 18. Yusuf slogged at the next ball and holed out to midwicket for 1.

Big game, indeed, but without the hyphen. Whichever way you look at it, no excuse can account for this showing from someone who is expected to be a match-changer. This has been nothing but monumental, consistent failure from Yusuf Pathan, something that Knight Riders and Gambhir have consistently refused to admit. Three seasons and six million dollars worth of mediocrity.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Mail4kar on | May 9, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    You are right Abhishek. The fact is Yusuf is certainly a Team India product who was not performed upto his potential abilities in the past few seasons. Whoever may be the big hitter of the cricket ball, the way of approach matters to shine. The consistency is completly missing from him. We must not compare his records with the quality big hitters in the international stage. A good all-rounder with big hitting capabilities are there with him. It's upto him to deliver. Hope he will come good in the future.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | May 9, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @Batmanindallas Your comment might get some real cricketer backing when it concerns yusuf but sehwag at his peak was one of the best openers ever played the game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    YP needs a captain like Warne to get he best out of him. Gambhir isn't that captain, I'm afraid. Perhaps Dhoni will use him better.

    we believe that pathan foum will came back soon

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    KKR relied more on him than shall have. It may take very special for him to come back. I think he has lost the good game and shall be rested in future.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Yusuf is getting famous for being match loosers than game changers..., his fielding is not upto the mark except few.... Gambhir should learn how to be a good captain and how to keep temperment in control, to some extent he is bias for his team selection.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    are you trying to compare Apple and Oranges Abhishek.. just take a look at the stats this yusuf seat near by..

    SO JUST keep you rlogic.. with you and next time come with proper calculation...just look at the list below and tell me who has impact and who dont... STOP YOUR RUBISH....comments...

    Player Mat Inns NO Runs DPMD Jayawardene 12 12 0 259 JH Kallis 12 12 1 243 V Sehwag 9 9 1 236 DJ Hussey 11 10 1 234 SR Tendulkar 12 12 0 234 MS Bisla 10 10 1 227 KA Pollard 12 12 6 220 YK Pathan 12 12 4 190

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | May 8, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    YP is a domestic Giant on flat tracks like Sehwag. Now dont come back and say he has scored once here or there-I would be interested to see if SRK pays YP or even keeps him around

  • POSTED BY amit1807kuwait on | May 8, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Why should you dedicate an entire article on a player who has not lived up to his potential? By the same token, what has SRT done in international cricket since the world cup 2011? Except for his 100th 100 against bangaldesh? Come on guys, spare this guy (YP) some slack. He is not a highly talented player. His failures should not come as a huge surprise!!

  • POSTED BY RightArmSuperFast on | May 8, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Totally agree with Post by Puranjay Singh on (May 8, 2013, 13:42 GMT). Gambhir is a complete waste as a captain. Kallis should have been benched long time ago and Ryan Ten should have been given a try. Anyone with even a little both of cricket brain can see that Yusuf is really low on confidence. I doubt dhoni will make any better use of YP. When he YP was in form during his Intn'l days, Dhoni often used him very low in the order. When YP was in the team. The top order of sehwag, gambhir, sachin, dravid, yuvi and dhoni were consistent performers. By the time YP came to the crease, he barely had any time time/overs to put up any significant score and then he was dropped!

  • POSTED BY hoipolloi on | May 8, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Everybody knows he is nothing more than a one-hit wonder. Even KKR know it. They paid a lot to get him and they can't afford to bench him simply because they lack quality Indian players. Obvious Gambhir is stoutly defending him. Do you seriously expect him to lambast Yusuf in front of everyone? Like how Vijay Mallya chewed out Dravid in front of the media midway through the inaugural IPL? Gambhir may snap on the field, but he's not going to rip into him in public. Last year, KKR won because of Gambhir's consistency with the bat, McCullum, Kallis, Tiwary, and Shakib proving him support at the other end, and an excellent bowling unit. So even though Yusuf was a big failure last year, everyone else around him was performing so it didn't matter. This time, there was no McCullum (he had an injury initially), Kallis wasn't his usual solid self, Tiwary was out of form and later picked up an injury, and no Shakib. So suddenly Yusuf's failures became more noticeable. Simple.

  • POSTED BY Mail4kar on | May 9, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    You are right Abhishek. The fact is Yusuf is certainly a Team India product who was not performed upto his potential abilities in the past few seasons. Whoever may be the big hitter of the cricket ball, the way of approach matters to shine. The consistency is completly missing from him. We must not compare his records with the quality big hitters in the international stage. A good all-rounder with big hitting capabilities are there with him. It's upto him to deliver. Hope he will come good in the future.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | May 9, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @Batmanindallas Your comment might get some real cricketer backing when it concerns yusuf but sehwag at his peak was one of the best openers ever played the game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    YP needs a captain like Warne to get he best out of him. Gambhir isn't that captain, I'm afraid. Perhaps Dhoni will use him better.

    we believe that pathan foum will came back soon

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    KKR relied more on him than shall have. It may take very special for him to come back. I think he has lost the good game and shall be rested in future.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Yusuf is getting famous for being match loosers than game changers..., his fielding is not upto the mark except few.... Gambhir should learn how to be a good captain and how to keep temperment in control, to some extent he is bias for his team selection.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    are you trying to compare Apple and Oranges Abhishek.. just take a look at the stats this yusuf seat near by..

    SO JUST keep you rlogic.. with you and next time come with proper calculation...just look at the list below and tell me who has impact and who dont... STOP YOUR RUBISH....comments...

    Player Mat Inns NO Runs DPMD Jayawardene 12 12 0 259 JH Kallis 12 12 1 243 V Sehwag 9 9 1 236 DJ Hussey 11 10 1 234 SR Tendulkar 12 12 0 234 MS Bisla 10 10 1 227 KA Pollard 12 12 6 220 YK Pathan 12 12 4 190

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | May 8, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    YP is a domestic Giant on flat tracks like Sehwag. Now dont come back and say he has scored once here or there-I would be interested to see if SRK pays YP or even keeps him around

  • POSTED BY amit1807kuwait on | May 8, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Why should you dedicate an entire article on a player who has not lived up to his potential? By the same token, what has SRT done in international cricket since the world cup 2011? Except for his 100th 100 against bangaldesh? Come on guys, spare this guy (YP) some slack. He is not a highly talented player. His failures should not come as a huge surprise!!

  • POSTED BY RightArmSuperFast on | May 8, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Totally agree with Post by Puranjay Singh on (May 8, 2013, 13:42 GMT). Gambhir is a complete waste as a captain. Kallis should have been benched long time ago and Ryan Ten should have been given a try. Anyone with even a little both of cricket brain can see that Yusuf is really low on confidence. I doubt dhoni will make any better use of YP. When he YP was in form during his Intn'l days, Dhoni often used him very low in the order. When YP was in the team. The top order of sehwag, gambhir, sachin, dravid, yuvi and dhoni were consistent performers. By the time YP came to the crease, he barely had any time time/overs to put up any significant score and then he was dropped!

  • POSTED BY hoipolloi on | May 8, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Everybody knows he is nothing more than a one-hit wonder. Even KKR know it. They paid a lot to get him and they can't afford to bench him simply because they lack quality Indian players. Obvious Gambhir is stoutly defending him. Do you seriously expect him to lambast Yusuf in front of everyone? Like how Vijay Mallya chewed out Dravid in front of the media midway through the inaugural IPL? Gambhir may snap on the field, but he's not going to rip into him in public. Last year, KKR won because of Gambhir's consistency with the bat, McCullum, Kallis, Tiwary, and Shakib proving him support at the other end, and an excellent bowling unit. So even though Yusuf was a big failure last year, everyone else around him was performing so it didn't matter. This time, there was no McCullum (he had an injury initially), Kallis wasn't his usual solid self, Tiwary was out of form and later picked up an injury, and no Shakib. So suddenly Yusuf's failures became more noticeable. Simple.

  • POSTED BY Gr8Praddy on | May 8, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Yousuf Pathan - A batsman with no proper technique and tries to hit in the same directions (straight mostly and does not have the arc shots) even that without reading the ball and its direction which is a primary concern of his consistent failure, he needs to correct his approach to the reading of the ball to succeed anymore

  • POSTED BY SidsIPLTeam on | May 8, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    I would say Yusuf has the same hitting ability as before. The only thing that has changed is that his technical flaws have been found out by the bowlers world over. That he finds it hard to survive pace, swing & short-pitched bowling has led to his undoing. As a result, whenever he gets a chance to bat against spinners or bowlers with less pace, he doesn't play looking at the merit of the ball when going for his shots. He just dashes because he wants to score as many as he can of them before people bounce him out & as a result gets himself out before someone actually bounces him out. He hasn't developed the maturity or patience to survive the tough periods (yes, there are tough periods even in T20 cricket). He goes by his false reputation and just thinks that he has to go for it right away whenever he is at the crease. Has to apply himself...!! No alternatives.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    You can't compare YP to Gayle or Sehwag. Both Gayle and Sehwag are very strong test match cricketers as well. Gayle has an average of 42+ in tests and at least one triple hundred to his name. Sehwag is nearly 50 with two triple tons. They have a lot of power, yes, but also the talent and temperament to stick around for long periods.

    YP was made by Rajasthan Royals, and more specifically, Shane Warne. As an ardent RR fan, I remember the matches in which YP would go ballistic. He always attributed his success to Warne. Heck, I even remember how he would look to Warne for approval before going to collect his MoM award.

    YP needs a captain like Warne to get he best out of him. Gambhir isn't that captain, I'm afraid. Perhaps Dhoni will use him better.

    And while we are talking about YP, what about his brother, Irfan? IP was a good batsman not too long ago. He is a tail-ender now, and pretty much useless with the ball. What happened to the Pathan siblings? Too much fame too soon?

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | May 8, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Can't understand why Yusuf Pathan is being blames for everything. If he is not meeting expectations then drop him. Why so much drama around him? Who is stopping KKR?

  • POSTED BY muski on | May 8, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Yeah one of the biggest Duds of Indian Cricket along with Saurabh Tiwary. He will bought by the lower rung teams like Pune Warriors in the next auction for not more than 100K USD. What a waste of SRK's money. The Indian media gives lot of hype to guys if they fire in one much. IPL is actually solving lot of selction dilemmas for the BCCI. On year to year basis you can actually keep a core team of about 6 and they pick the guys on form in that year. That way such Duds expose themselves.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 8, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    It is the audience' fault, to expect less-technical players to score consistently. Even during his best periods YP never played with any consistency.

    It is wrong to compare SRT/RD etc players (who have the best batting techniques) with YP. But I would like to compare Sehwag who does not move his feet esp to pace bowlers but yet has a fantastic strike rate and far better consistency than YP. (I am not talking about just T20). Sehwag plays both horizontal & vertical bat shots beautifully but YP mostly plays only horizontal or near-horizontal bat shots - which is why he fails even more than Sehwag. Too late in age to correct such basics, I guess.

  • POSTED BY Srish85 on | May 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    KKR was the champion last time. But they were never a Champion side. Just an one time wonder!!! Yusuf Pathan is similar to that. Just scores in a game or two and with that reputation plays for another 2 or 3 years!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Much hyped Yusuf Pathan has disappointed us in 3 successive IPLs. He is lacking confidence and He is not person to reckon with anymore. It is better to drop him 2-3 matches. But KKR bench strength does not have calibre of Pathan stature and that is why he persisted with even after consistent failure. No doubt Pathan's failure has cost KKR dearly. KKR lost some of the close matches where Pathan contributions could have changed the complexion of the matches. Wazir

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | May 8, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Yusuf has always been a hit or miss type player with no patience, nor the right technique to build an innings of substance consistently. When it does comes off, he makes headlines. He might still have a role to play if you take horses for courses approach.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    He knows only how to slog and nothing else.no technique.no temperament.no situational understanding.Even after spending these many years in cricket specially t20,he looks like a totally inexperienced player.He was the raw talent in the first season which is yet to take shape after six seasons!!

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 8, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    .....even Rajasthan Royals who created him, won't buy him again. He needs to work on his temperament and technique, otherwise he's done. Slogging won't work.

  • POSTED BY ksarma on | May 8, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Wonderful article. I completely agree with Editor

    I guess, Gautam believes in Popularism than Performance. Thats why he sticks with Yousuf and same way he also wants to be part of Team India. Gautam should think that nothing can come close to performing consistently.

    Its so sad that he forgot how he worked to come into team when he was dropped after his first appearance.

    Time to leave past and invest in future

    Bye Bye gautam.

  • POSTED BY Samudro2106 on | May 8, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    A player who has no real worry of being left out and backed by the management continuously should deliver more contributions. A real waste of money for KKR. And always KKR had one batter short because of him.

  • POSTED BY THEBOSS on | May 8, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    I completly agree with editor's comment by sayiing - An impact player without the impact.

    Yusuf was really a impact player who came at no 7 for India and finish of the innings if the team requires 30 or 40 runs once 5/6 wickets are down. He was taken by RR in IPL and handled properly and still he was a impact player. For more than couple of years now Yusuf is a burden for any team ( Even for his Ranj team)..We havent seen any magical innings..If they talk about form,class or whatever it is ..u cant take such a lengthy time to get back into the groove.

    I see this in two ways either he has lost touch with cricket or he is not handled properly in his team ( Ranji/IPL)..He needs some mental coaching now..he looks jaded now..If it continues then nobody is going to buy him in the next IPL auction ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Yousuf Pathan is the Afridi(batting) of Indian cricket!!! Only Difference is Afridi is one of the best spinners there now.

  • POSTED BY Un_Citoyen_Indien on | May 8, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan has King Khan (SRK) to thank for the extended run at KKR. Were it any other franchise, he'd have been sold off after IPL 2012. Pathan has been the most over-rated under-performer in the recent editions of IPL. What he did at Rajasthan Royals in 2008 is ancient history and shouldn't matter any more but Nooooo.......SRK and Gambhir still have sooooo much faith in him!

    Just look at his half brother Irfan....it is truly commendable how he has worked his way back into the Indian team and has displayed so much maturity both as a person and as a cricketer.

  • POSTED BY Playfair on | May 8, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Pathan lacks technique and once the opposition has sussed that out, he will be found wanting! he certainly hits a long ball but he certainly does not play with any conviction and inspires very little confidence.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | May 8, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    That's the problem with people. They overhype a player and then get disappointed when player doesn't perform upto their expectation. What is the mistake of yusuf Pathan in this. He never came out on mike and announced "I am Impact player".

  • POSTED BY gamespplplay on | May 8, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    He is a powerfull striker - but has no sense of strategy that is required to be a good finisher.

  • POSTED BY aries_d on | May 8, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Go back to Domestic cricket. Spend a year playing domestic cricket without playing a single match for the country or franchise. This will help him

  • POSTED BY ramli on | May 8, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    YP not being able to transform his first class level success to internationals consistently shows the limited talent or skill he possesses ... such mediocrity, when confronted with failures has resulted in nonchalance, disinterest, etc ... he is a regular in IPL simply because the franchise wants to make him work for the money they paid ... not for any success ... he will still be hotly pursued by other lesser teams in the next auction ... he may fire ... let us see

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | May 8, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Pathan, it seems, has been in decline since his stupendous success in ODIs in SA in 2010-11. He failed to get going in the WC and hasn't been quite the same player ever since.

  • POSTED BY harry_cal on | May 8, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I think it is the Eden Gardens pitch which makes most great T20 impact players underperform. Gayle struggled for runs too during his time at KKR. Mcculum also found the going tough in most matches. So has Pathan. Put Pathan in the RCB / CSK / RR team ( whose home grounds are batting-friendly ) and Patan may re-emerge as a scary giant

  • POSTED BY RoyalsQatar on | May 8, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    can someone tell Yousuf Pathan to move his feet a little bit & play freely. he is now playing as if he is being put into pressure by someone. or does he think that he is a million dollar boy so he will have to keep that kind of expression on his face.please someone who is associated with him inform him to go & throw the bat freely with no proudiness or pressure.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    'Yusuf Khan Pathan is supposed to be one of those "impact" players. People fill stadiums to watch his powerful hitting.' really>?

  • POSTED BY sumit_fan on | May 8, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    This is probably one of the finest articles I've read in recent times. It is crisp, to the point and ably supported by data. I think Pathan's imagination has reached its zenith and it will interesting to see who picks him next season. No doubt a big name, he has delivered less, very less on the field. Does'nt seem to improve at all. Bad Batting, Worse Bowling and Mediocre Fielding.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | May 8, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Yusuf is a prime example of how the IPL PR machine can blow anything out of proportion. He had no pedigree before IPL yet was soon being touted as one of the best players in the world! It was marketing, it worked, people flocked to watch him, he got the big money. But there was nothing ever to suggest that he was a great cricketer.

    Domestic T20 is a leveller of batting talent especially on flat tracks, anyone can smack a few sixes at the end of an innings. But top bowling is highlighted in T20, it is easy to get Yusuf out with a plan, almost any plan, because he has no patience and very limited shot selection. Full and wide outside off, a short attack, slower balls, all will remove him.

    I would bat him at three or four, so he is forced to play more responsible innings and likely to face more spin. Moving an out of form player up and down the order does no good. He is paid a fortune so he must be given the opportunity to earn it, even if it does end in failure.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    I think most people are missing the point of Pathan in the line up. He is only suppose to come in at the depth of the innings, but saying that, I also think by letting him bat at 1 or 3 is also good thing for him, because at this point he is not pressured to keep a innings together and should play his usual role as a agressive player. What about Bisla. He has not performed at all and has dropped a few catches this season. Bring in McCullum as your wicket keeper and slot him in at 2 in the batting line up and you will have 2 very aggressive batsmen in your top 3. Guatam and Kallis is just fine where they are and Morgan is the perfect middle order batsman. As for the bowling i would keep it to the spinners as they are doing the real job on the field for KKR.

  • POSTED BY RAJEESHKUMAR on | May 8, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Akshita29, you dont need to drag sachin in this context. Nowadays, everyone tries to give a poke to sachin. It is part of life when soemone is a celebrity. Just think who will replace sachin in MI if he is dropped. Maxwell can not, as 4 overseas players quota is already filled. Then there is somenone called surya kumar yadav, you know him? In my opinion, MI is the team which made biggest mistake in auction by going for ponting and maxwell.

  • POSTED BY sarangsrk on | May 8, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Some people and things don't change even after years. Yusuf is a classic example who has not matured 6 years after he made his debut for India in 2007 T20 WC. Even then he was an impusive hitter and same today. He continues to play for galleries as was told by Dhoni when India failed to capitalise in Powerplays in WC 2011 and hence had to be dropped. He is still playing the same as he either doesn't want to accept there is an issue somewhere or he doesn't understand how to solve it. Even after being dropped from Indian team for last 2 years now, he has not shown any improvement.I had high hopes from both pathan brothers given that they come from poor background and would value everything that they get from cricket. Alas, they seem to have forgotten their roots and to work hard to constantly evolve as cricketers and human beings.

  • POSTED BY vish2020 on | May 8, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Maxwell has been a huge impact I guess

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | May 8, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Overhyped & with very little or no talent...that summarises Yusuf Pathan aptly.. Just slog, slog & more slog...Hit & miss player was purchased for 9.5 crore rupees. what a waste.

  • POSTED BY ramanan.ch on | May 8, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Many players "live upto until the price tag is received". Yusuf, I have watched so many hopeless innings he played for India with a lot of hope. Except, the SA innings. However, can't keep on chanting on that. If the consistency is not there, even the greats like Sehwag (still my favorite player) with a lot of ability can fade away. As far as Yusuf, he is just a over hyped. Haven't seen any real skill in his batting ever. He put his front leg in front and go a full swing. It works for spin bowling when they bown straight and full. But, bowlers have become very clever these days and you need real ability, smartness to hit them. He doesn't have. I think he should just settle down with the price tag he got and probably try to improve some batting.

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | May 8, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    While I agree with the Pathan issue, what is most disappointing to see is that the media are putting the blame on Pathan only when there are many others in the team who are also not performing especially world-class batsmen like Gambhir and Kallis (The Rock). The current lineup is not working so I think that they should give Kallis a break for a couple of matches or so and remove Pathan. They should give Manoj Tiwary another chance and let him bat at No.3. Kallis should be replaced by ten Doeschate who should bat at No.4.

    KKR XI for next match : Gambhir, Bisla, Tiwary, Tendo, Morgan, Das, Bhatia, Lee, Narine, Balaji and Shami Ahmed.

  • POSTED BY SAM_1 on | May 8, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    This problem arises when we increase our expectation. He is a good T-20 player, but when someone rate him very high and start comparing with AB , Gayle then there is a problem.

    Why people talk about money being paid to him and stuff, what about Saurabh tiwary 1.2 million dollar man how much he has scored ?? What about million dollar man Maxwell how much he has scored & how many matches he played after paying million??. How about Sanga , White , Jayawardene etc these players didn't perform and wasted one quota of overseas player in playing 11.

    Also, one more problem with the system is if a good player is in a playing 11 & if he sees that one of the person say saurabh tiwary is being payed 1.2 million dollar & say other player like mayank agarwal or Rp singh or Arun karthik is payed less than 1/3rd of the amound the moral goes down. But is there any solution ?? . We need to discuss...

    Thanks...

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Why is it that McCullum has only had one innings while he has been in prime form leading into the IPL, and yet Pathan has had many and produced next to nothing?

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 8, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Gayle is lucky that he plays for Bengaluru, Pathan as lucky that he played for Rajasthan.In fact, EDEN garden pitch doesn't suit to power hitters rather technically sound batsmen.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 8, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Not every bowler will give him lolly pops every time to be hit. Enough said. He is just a slogger, "figured out" by every team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Well, KKR lost the match even before they started when they dropped Senanayake. Last match he gave only some 26 runs and took 2 wickets. His replacement bled 60 runs for two scalps. That was the difference, poor selection

  • POSTED BY Ananth83 on | May 8, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Koshal Ptibandla - You cracked me up man, that is the most insane comparison I have ever seen on Cricinfo. Do you have some personal grudge against Tendulkar to come up with something as crazy as this ? The man is not in form and has been getting out cheaply except for yesterday's game but he is no way more useless than Pathan. I agree completely with the Author of this article that KKR persisting with Pathan has been one of the primary reasons for their failure this season. He just does not have it in him anymore and he hardly bowls nowadays. Whenever he bowled, he leaked runs (Jadeja hit a 6 and won the game for CSK) and I don't remember the other game also where he got smoked.

  • POSTED BY Edassery on | May 8, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Not just Yusuf Pathan, very few big names from the past have been able to impress this season of IPL.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | May 8, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @Koshal Patibandla on (May 8, 2013, 1:38 GMT) Brother you are really funny.You are comparing Yousuf Pathan to SIR Sachin Ramesh Tendulakar in terms of contributing(Batting,Bowling,Fielding,Crowd Pulling etc) to the team!You must have been out of your mind.Grow up.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | May 8, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Why blame everything on Pathan. If he is not effective for you why play him? I think pathan should move back to rajasthan royals where he is treated properly. It's not about how good a horse you have, It's all about riding it properly.

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | May 8, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @Koshal Patibandla: Ok so Bhajji has better Avg and Strike rate than Sachin so Bhajji is better batsman, lets try him in the opening slot and see his batting skills. Sanga, Mahela, Sehwag, Ponting, all have performed poorly too. What's your point other than specifically targeting Sachin who was, by the way, MoM in the last match.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Afridi+Yusuf Pathan= Sehwag

  • POSTED BY Sukruti on | May 8, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    I never rate Yusuf Pathan as a game changer. When the opposition bowler is of mediocre quality or the balls have been bowled in the slot for hitting, it is only then he is able to hit them. Otherwise, he is just a normal player or evn less than that. The worst thing is he cannot even rotate strike and build innings. Other players like Miller, AB deVilliers are innovative strikers, they put so much pressure on the bowlers that the bowlers tend to mistakes and then they tear apart the attack. So, IPL franchicees do not waste your money on these wothless players. There are so many budding youngsters that we are seeing in IPL, on whom the money can be invested on. Sorry Yusuf, I do not have anything against you, but this the truth. Just imagine yourself in the place of a IPL franchise owner !!!

  • POSTED BY cric_options on | May 8, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    SRK and the KKR management has been too kind to Yusuf Pathan, wonder why. All kinds of statistics point to the fact that he should have been benched very early or midway through this season, but they still play him. One reason is KKR does not have any game changing Indian batsmen apart from Pathan and Tiwary, and with Tiwary injured, KKR is left with few options. It shows the lack of planning in choosing their side. They had Sanju Samson last year, whom they did not utilize. They have not played Ryan Ten over two seasons now. They had Gayle, whom they could not utilize. KKR is perhaps the most confused and political outfit. Last seasons triumph was definitely not a fluke, but they cannot expect Narine to win them most of their games, every season. If someone needs to see how a nimble team structure should be, one should look at Royals. Dravid has finally proven why he is such a selfless player, something many Indian captains have failed at.

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | May 8, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @Kosahl Patibandla you see the thing is IPL is a swowbiz and Sachin is still the biggest crowd puller in India . Well I am not a big Sachin fan but have to say they just cant drop him even if they wanted to . There would be rage in the streets of mumbai and there would be outburst in social media and news channel if he is dropped . No team is ever going to drop Sachin . But to his hardcore fans I am sure he would fail badly in SA along with team India(expect 3-0 thrashing )and that would be the last of Sachin in international cricket however when It comes to IPL he could keep playing forever and more importantly Mumbai is still winning and are favorite to take the trophy (With such a strong and balanced team bought by the richest Indian ) whereas KKR is out already and hence the knives are out for Pathan ..

  • POSTED BY raulraj on | May 8, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    I believe People who are questioning Sachin's place in MI Team and think Pathan is performing better then Master, have very little knowledge of the game. He is giving MI good start holding one end till 10th over with S/R of 125..that sets up good platform for big hitters like Pollard, Rohit, Rayudu and Jhonson. His valuable input to Rohit sharma and other youngsters is helping mumbai winnning the game. At 40, Sachin wont take spectacular catches neither he will cut the 3's into 2's but he is one of the safe hands in cricket field. Despite the lean form Sachin holds mental advantage over any bowler in the world just because he is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Todays 5 fours in Five Bowls was one of the little things Sachin does for the team now and again!! Sachin is master of the game pay respect and please stop bringing his name in every cricket article and cricket discussion but again you guys talking about sachin just proves he still has impact in everyone's mind. Master all the Way!!!!

  • POSTED BY maddinson on | May 8, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Players who were highly paid but unlikely to attract in next auction are Pathan brothers, RP Singh, Angelo Mathews, UV, Harbhajan and many more.

  • POSTED BY kapilesh23 on | May 8, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    @Koshal you are incredible in your ability to bring in Sachin in this discussion. Its good that Pathan don't play Test for India or you would have compared the two for test matches also. I would like to see you keep up with your awesome cricket observation and analysis. Thank you so much for writing that comment it made my day.

  • POSTED BY VVBHAT on | May 8, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    @Koshal Patibandla : Grow up man. This article is about Pathan. You talk about him if you can . Comparing him with SACHIN?? Really? Do you atleast have least cricketing knowledge? Tend has more than 2300 runs and is one of the leading scorers even in the IPL. And about being a burden on the field, Is Pathan better fielder than Sachin? Absolutely not. Pathan is absolutely worthless. Franchisies would keep Sachin just for his ability to draw spectators to the stadium. People still chant his name. I'm surprised that player like Pathan even played International cricket for India. He knows only knows to slog. But I'm surprised to see a fan for even Pathan. But before you post please be sure of what you are writing.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    I wonder if there would be any takers for Y Pathan in next year's IPL auction .. much too overhyped.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | May 8, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    @Koshal Patibandla MI won and most importantly sachin contributed in their victory thats why there is no mention of sachin in this article. So give it a rest.

  • POSTED BY streetblader on | May 8, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    People like Koshal make me feel sorry for how limited and bow utterly blissful can anyone be of this game. Apart from being the best batsman ever in the history of the game Tendulkar brings a lot lot more to the table than can be perceived... but then, some people with acute short-sightedness won't comprehend that.

  • POSTED BY mandi on | May 8, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    yusuf is out of form,yesterday he was playing well but luck did't favours and fell to a slog sweep,better luck next time yusuf.

  • POSTED BY PT03 on | May 8, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    @Koshal Patibandla: Seriously, Is this necessary, This article is about Pathan and you are dragging Sachin into it, According to the stats that you are citing here even Johnson has better average so Johnson is better batsman than Sachin, Sangakkara is below Amit Mishra so Mishra is better batsman than Sangakkara, What a joke!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    The whole campaign for KKR has been faulty this year and has been compounded by the injuries to Tiwary and Shukla. They are missing Shakib very badly---a player who can bowl decent left arm spin and bat in the middle order according to situations. God knows why Doeschate is warming the benches while Mc Laren gets selected ahead of him. KKR has the least qualitative home-grown players in their kitty. This is hurting them. Gambhir's poor form isn't helping either.

  • POSTED BY vxttemp on | May 8, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    @Koshal Patibandla : Pathan is tried in multiple positions to find his comfortable position. That is still a million dollar question to KKR think tank. Probably they are breaking their heads to crack that riddle. Sachin knows his batting position. By bringing Sachin into all the stupid discussions, you are not going to prove anything. Master is beyond all statistics and he is 40. Let him play as long as he wants(maybe as long his admirers want to watch).Grow up!!

  • POSTED BY balu.invincible on | May 8, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    That's some analysis Abhishek no half measures taken. Well done!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    True to every word, but Abhishek is sounding as if he had had to give those 6 millions out of his pocket. Mediocrity aside, In Yusuf Pathan's defense, he's not the one to ask for a 2 million pay per season. KKR bought him in an auction. What actually might have hindered his performance is the 2 million tag. This isn't the first time we have observed such a causation, It happened to Ishant sharma and now it's happening to Monoj Tiwary to name a few. Dude, it's not easy to play under such undue pressure. If you can, write a follow up article on why this pressure's being created and what could be done to solve the problem instead of just raising claims for a player's head.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    What about Tendulkar. After 12 games he has poor average and strike rate compared to Pathan. Tendulkar is being paid much more than Pathan. Can't bowl. 40+ and burden on field. can't change batting position. His average is 7th in Mumbai Indians and Bhajji batting average and strike rate is better than Tendulkar. Who is the No.1 burden Tendulkar or Pathan?

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | May 8, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    I am sure everyone is acutely aware of everything thats been written in this article, not least by Yusuf Pathan himself. Why kick a man when he's down?

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Pathan has better average and better strike rate than Tendulkar and I dont know why Pathan is pointed out ahead of Tendulkar. He adds value as bowler. Yes, he has been tried at every position from opener to No 7 and at the mercy of Captain/management. Whereas Tendulkar always bats where he wants and performed much poorer than Pathan. In other words in Mumbai Indian Team Tendulkar average and Strike rate is much poorer than Harbhajan singh and occupies 7th position after 12 games.

  • POSTED BY Amarjitmadan on | May 8, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Dhoni took a bold decision to drop him in WC 2011 and bring in Raina who more than justified his inclusion and played important roles. He seems to have lost the art of scoring which is not just lofting every ball but digging in and hitting so that bowlers are not aware of his intentions. He has been given more chances waiting for just those one or two games which has proved very costly to the team and deprived some good serious player of a place.

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  • POSTED BY Amarjitmadan on | May 8, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Dhoni took a bold decision to drop him in WC 2011 and bring in Raina who more than justified his inclusion and played important roles. He seems to have lost the art of scoring which is not just lofting every ball but digging in and hitting so that bowlers are not aware of his intentions. He has been given more chances waiting for just those one or two games which has proved very costly to the team and deprived some good serious player of a place.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Pathan has better average and better strike rate than Tendulkar and I dont know why Pathan is pointed out ahead of Tendulkar. He adds value as bowler. Yes, he has been tried at every position from opener to No 7 and at the mercy of Captain/management. Whereas Tendulkar always bats where he wants and performed much poorer than Pathan. In other words in Mumbai Indian Team Tendulkar average and Strike rate is much poorer than Harbhajan singh and occupies 7th position after 12 games.

  • POSTED BY caught_knott_bowled_old on | May 8, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    I am sure everyone is acutely aware of everything thats been written in this article, not least by Yusuf Pathan himself. Why kick a man when he's down?

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    What about Tendulkar. After 12 games he has poor average and strike rate compared to Pathan. Tendulkar is being paid much more than Pathan. Can't bowl. 40+ and burden on field. can't change batting position. His average is 7th in Mumbai Indians and Bhajji batting average and strike rate is better than Tendulkar. Who is the No.1 burden Tendulkar or Pathan?

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    True to every word, but Abhishek is sounding as if he had had to give those 6 millions out of his pocket. Mediocrity aside, In Yusuf Pathan's defense, he's not the one to ask for a 2 million pay per season. KKR bought him in an auction. What actually might have hindered his performance is the 2 million tag. This isn't the first time we have observed such a causation, It happened to Ishant sharma and now it's happening to Monoj Tiwary to name a few. Dude, it's not easy to play under such undue pressure. If you can, write a follow up article on why this pressure's being created and what could be done to solve the problem instead of just raising claims for a player's head.

  • POSTED BY balu.invincible on | May 8, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    That's some analysis Abhishek no half measures taken. Well done!!!

  • POSTED BY vxttemp on | May 8, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    @Koshal Patibandla : Pathan is tried in multiple positions to find his comfortable position. That is still a million dollar question to KKR think tank. Probably they are breaking their heads to crack that riddle. Sachin knows his batting position. By bringing Sachin into all the stupid discussions, you are not going to prove anything. Master is beyond all statistics and he is 40. Let him play as long as he wants(maybe as long his admirers want to watch).Grow up!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    The whole campaign for KKR has been faulty this year and has been compounded by the injuries to Tiwary and Shukla. They are missing Shakib very badly---a player who can bowl decent left arm spin and bat in the middle order according to situations. God knows why Doeschate is warming the benches while Mc Laren gets selected ahead of him. KKR has the least qualitative home-grown players in their kitty. This is hurting them. Gambhir's poor form isn't helping either.

  • POSTED BY PT03 on | May 8, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    @Koshal Patibandla: Seriously, Is this necessary, This article is about Pathan and you are dragging Sachin into it, According to the stats that you are citing here even Johnson has better average so Johnson is better batsman than Sachin, Sangakkara is below Amit Mishra so Mishra is better batsman than Sangakkara, What a joke!

  • POSTED BY mandi on | May 8, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    yusuf is out of form,yesterday he was playing well but luck did't favours and fell to a slog sweep,better luck next time yusuf.