April 17, 2014

Yusuf flies home for birth of his baby

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yusuf Pathan, the Kolkata allrounder, flew home shortly after the match against Mumbai, as news arrived that his wife had delivered their first child. A team official confirmed that Yusuf is likely to miss Kolkata's next match, which is against Delhi on April 19, but he should return in time for their third game.

Against Mumbai, Yusuf went in to bat at No. 5 with two overs left and faced just four balls, making 4 not out. He didn't get a bowl. He had been in good touch coming into the tournament, scoring 135 runs at 67.50 in four matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, at a strike rate of 182.43.

In the Indian T20 League, Yusuf has scored 1824 runs in 92 games with a strike rate of 146.97. He was bought back by Kolkata for Rs 3.25 crore (US$ 541,000) at the 2014 auction, where the franchise used a right-to-match card on him. In 2011, he was bought for a whopping US$ 2.1 million by the franchise, but struggled to deliver consistently.

Irfan Pathan, Yusuf's brother, tweeted the news on Thursday.

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  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Congrats Yusuf, May ALLAH bless you family with more rightouness & happiness

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    gr8 news. mubarak ho ! so we are in wid the 3rd pathan for IPL? boy which team are u going to represnet?

  • BHAGYESH on April 18, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Dear Yusuf Many congratulations on having Baby Boy, Future Cricketer.

  • Android on April 18, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    congratulations yusf bhai..... :-)

  • sam on April 18, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    He's got that wonderful gift,the best any man can ever get in 'form' of his 'cup of joy' or popularly, 'bundle of joy'!Becoming a father.This 'achievement' ,joy of it makes all other-cricket,sport-material gains pale in insignificance.Big hearty congrats!

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Congratulations to Yusuf sir for this good news, hope the baby boy gives him happiness and luck so that he may score big runs and comeback to the Indian Team. :)

  • Android on April 17, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    no problem it won't effect kkr because he is not a match winner

  • Android on April 17, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    congratulation yusuf may allah bless ur child and keep merccy on him always

  • Android on April 17, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    congratulations yusuf patan may ur child live happily

  • Android on April 17, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    congratulations yusuf bhai....

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