Yusuf flies home for birth of his baby

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April 17, 2014

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Yusuf Pathan pulls to the leg side, Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Raipur, May 1, 2013
Yusuf Pathan will miss Kolkata's second match, but will be back for the third onwards © BCCI
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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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Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

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

Posted by   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?

Posted by BMCHHAYA on (April 18, 2014, 4:44 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (April 18, 2014, 1:44 GMT)

congratulations yusf bhai..... :-)

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 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!

Posted by   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. :)

Posted by   on (April 17, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (April 17, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (April 17, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

congratulations yusuf patan may ur child live happily

Posted by   on (April 17, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

congratulations yusuf bhai....

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