January 29, 2011

The making of a marauder

Yusuf Pathan has turned himself from a bludgeoner into a world-class game-breaker, one who can make the opposition wish they had taken up a different sport
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It's easy to find Yusuf Pathan's house in Vadodara. All you have to do is tell the nearest taxi or rickshaw driver to take you there. No address required, just his name is enough. Along the way the driver is also likely to let you know that Yusuf is the kind of player who can take any bowling attack apart, anywhere in the world - an assertion that those who have watched Yusuf's last few innings would be hard-pressed to deny.

I met Yusuf at his family home a couple days before he was due to leave for South Africa. He was dressed in a dark green kurta and sat on a wooden swing in a small rectangular garden running alongside the driveway. He exuded a quiet confidence, and for a big man with a violent game, was very soft-spoken. He grew up playing cricket with his half-brother Irfan. The two boys would play in the mosque where their father is an Imam, taking turns bowling and batting, but people complained they made too much noise. So they moved to the street, playing with a tennis ball, before they joined the Baroda Sports Club and found themselves under the tutelage of Mehendi Sheikh and Bashir Sheikh.

From there they quickly moved on to age-group cricket and continued up the ladder to first-class cricket. Along the way they received plenty of encouragement from senior players such as Jacob Martin and Connor Williams. "They would keep telling us to keep practising hard, keep putting in the effort and that one day you will play for India," Yusuf said. "So we kept working and now we are playing for India."

Bashir died in 2002, and to this day Mehendi remains one of the few people that Yusuf will listen to about cricket. Snehal Parekh, the secretary of the Baroda Cricket Association, says Yusuf is the kind of player who has his own inner circle and does not take kindly to anyone outside that trusted group giving him advice. "You can't guide them," he says. "You can't tell them much. They have they have their own friends and one or two mentors."

Pinal Shah, Baroda's 23-year-old captain, agrees with that assessment, saying, "Yusuf is very aggressive in his approach to the game and not only in his batting. He can lift the team with his performance. But you have to handle him well; he needs a lot of independence. But I can still go and tell him, 'Yusuf bhai, so-and-so needs to be done'."

One person with whom Yusuf does talk cricket all the time is Irfan. The brothers share a close bond and are constantly encouraging each other. "It is beneficial to both of us to share our thoughts on the game," Yusuf said. He says Irfan always told him he would do well in South Africa and Australia "because the bounce is good and the ball comes on to the bat well. So there I can play my strokes".

He certainly did that in the recent ODI series against South Africa, making a match-winning 59 in third game before uncorking a vicious hundred in Centurion that almost stole the game and series from South Africa.

"I never have any doubts," Yusuf said that day in the garden. "I know what I can do. The team also knows that if I am still at the wicket, then I can win the game."

It is why he also dismisses those who question his ability to handle the short ball. Prior to the tour there were reservations about his ability to handle such deliveries on hard pitches outside the subcontinent, especially since he prefers to commit to the front foot to take advantage of anything pitched up. For the time being at least, Yusuf has answered those questions.

His approach in South Africa was simple: wait for anything that was in his zone and then club it to the boundary. He was hit on the body twice in Cape Town and once in Centurion, but he didn't let it bother him. Like a heavyweight boxer who doesn't need a jab because he has a devastating knockout punch, he waited for his opening. It proved to be a singularly effective strategy, as poor Lonwabo Tsotsobe can testify. In that Centurion game Yusuf hit him for two fours and two sixes in the same over, including one that was effectively a flick off his toes, yet the ball sailed over the long-on boundary. It was a sign that he is beginning to make the most of his strengths, which reflects his growing maturity as a cricketer.

"With experience, he is getting better," Irfan said. "He is learning what to do and what not to do. He knows that even if he waits for two balls, the third ball will give him a chance to hit it. That is how he practises as well. He goes in the nets and makes sure to be aggressive." That aggression is Yusuf's hallmark, and the reason his aura will always be greater than his numbers. He may get out cheaply but he can also grab the game by the scruff of its neck and leave the opposition wishing they had taken up a different sport.

"He knows his game very well," Irfan said. "So even if he gets out playing a shot, he will continue to play his shots in the next game. Some batsmen play defensive shots and get out, but that doesn't mean they don't play defensive shots in the next game. If he [Yusuf] thinks he can hit the ball, he will hit the ball. And more often than not he is successful."

"I never have any doubts. I know what I can do. The team also knows that if I am still at the wicket, then I can win the game"

While Yusuf can make decimating an attack look easy, what people don't see is how hard he works on his craft. He often spends hours practising at the Baroda Sports Club. After Baroda had eliminated Railways in the quarter-final of the Ranji Trophy on the basis of a first-innings lead, Yusuf stayed on the field and asked the groundsmen to put the nets up on the same pitch. "He was taking batting practice for an hour," Parekh said. "He is very focused."

Parekh, who is the only man to have made a first-class hundred on debut for Baroda, said three years ago the association decided Yusuf was ready for more responsibility and made him the vice-captain of the side. "What I told him was, 'You should be ready for the match as if you were the captain, as Jacob Martin (then Baroda captain), could get injured and leave the ground and you have to be ready. Be involved in the game.'"

He believes the leadership role has spurred Yusuf to mature and show a willingness to take responsibility for his team's performance; a willingness that is reflected in Yusuf's own comments about the season. "There was a need this year in the Baroda team because Irfan was not playing. As a senior player I needed to take more initiative. Everyone was watching. It is good that we have success and have gotten good results."

Another influence on Yusuf's development has been Shane Warne, under whom he played for three years with the Rajasthan Royals. "He told me always when I am batting to play my shots," Yusuf said. "He would say, 'If you feel like the first ball is one you should hit, even if you get out on the first ball, if you feel you should play your shots from the first ball, play them. Don't worry about getting out.'"

His epic 37-ball hundred against the Mumbai Indians in their opening game of the 2010 IPL is the direct result of that philosophy - an innings that Warne called the best he had ever seen. "That innings told me that we can win from anywhere," Yusuf said. "We lost that match, but the way I played - 100 from 37 balls - made it a contest. And I have played these kinds of knocks before. From positions of no hope, I have won matches.

"Unfortunately I was run out. Otherwise we would have won that match. I guess the lesson is, when I have made a hundred and I'm batting well, I shouldn't leave the crease."

The IPL turned out to be the perfect showcase for Yusuf's talents and, in his opinion, hastened his rise to the international ranks. "The way I performed in the IPL, I got a good platform. Because I was playing well in Ranji Trophy before that also, so probably it would have taken me longer to get here. The IPL gave me a name. It gave me a new identity." That identity was rewarded many times over when the Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for US$2.1 million in the 2011 player auction earlier this year.

Success in the IPL, however, has not dimmed or muddled his ambitions one iota. Yusuf wants to play for India in all three forms of the game. "Everyone who plays cricket, their goals are to play the highest standard of cricket and all formats of cricket. Obviously those are my goals also. I want to play everything."

He says he is comfortable batting in whatever position in the order the team needs him to bat in, because "I have come to understand that whatever position I play, from there I can carry the innings or the team. I have won many matches that way." It might sound arrogant to say, but for Yusuf it is merely a self-evident truth.

Not that it has always been smooth sailing for him. He made his ODI debut in 2008, but lost his place in the side in late 2009 after some mediocre performances. Here too his innate self-belief stood him in good stead and helped him keep things in perspective. "These things happen. Sometimes people are dropped. Sometimes people are in the team. Sometimes you do well. Sometimes you don't do so well. These things go on happening in a cricketer's life, so you can't think something is wrong. You just have to keep putting in the effort and things will take care of themselves."

Yusuf's other advantage is his offspin. He has been working hard on his bowling, and this Ranji season took as many wickets, 24, as India offspinner R Ashwin did in the same number of matches, but with a significantly better average and strike rate: 17.75 and 37.70 to Ashwin's 24.20 and 54.50. If Yusuf can continue to develop his bowling to the point where he is a genuine wicket-taking allrounder, he will be that much more valuable to the team, especially in the shorter versions of the game.

He is eager to play in the World Cup, saying he "will go mad if we win". He considers playing at home a big advantage and does not think the expectations of the fans will put added pressure on the team. "How can there be pressure when you are playing in front of your own people, who give you so much support?"

I tell him what the rickshaw driver told me on the way over and for a moment he loosens up and lets out a big laugh. "Bring the driver in here. I'd like to meet him". He is careful not to take his fans for granted.

After the interview is over Yusuf heads for namaaz, but stops to take pictures with two teenage boys who had been waiting outside his house.

Off the field, he likes to keep a low profile. The high life is not for him. He prefers to stay at home and spend time with his family and friends ("I like family time"). He is also grateful for all the support he has received from the people around him. "My father, my mother, my friends, everyone supported us. It can't happen without family support. Nobody has ever said not to do this."

The way he is going, nobody ever will.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • SzlyAr on February 1, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    You are doing a great job, Yousuf.

  • on February 1, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Yousuf is a very good player. He must play more balls if India bats First. Should be send earlier soon after the new ball attack is over on seaming wickets. Giving a big hitter like Yousuf just two overs to play won't benefit the team.

  • mrmonty on January 31, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    @ Rajeel, could not agree with you more, mate. If anyone, being an Andrew Symonds will be a better goal for Yusuf.

  • CricketChat on January 31, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Good to know he is keeping his feet on ground. However, we need to keep in mind he came back into team just recently after having lost his place to Jadeja a while back and made 2/3 useful contributions. While no one can question his destructive batting ability, he must be used wisely in the context of the game to be effective. If batting first or 2nd, he should come in with at least 25-30 overs to play, play out 2-3 overs and then open up. If it is his day, he will win the match for Ind. Even if he gets out cheaply, there will be enough overs for the rest of batsmen without adversely impacting team plans.

  • on January 31, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Y. Pathan is a kid as compared to Afridi...lmao.

  • muski on January 31, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    @Kiwirocker-You are wrong mate. If you see most of the comments,almost all of them do not want Yusuf to become another useless Afridi.Its not Yusuf's fault that he batting lower down the order and is not out. Thats like saying Tendulkar did not play quality fast bowlers like Marshall or Roberts. Whatever you say about Afridi, he is essentially a great talent that got wasted like a Kambli. Therefore dont cry hoarse over Afridi. You must be nuts to compare some numbers of Afridi with that of Sachin.

  • Razor88 on January 31, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Kiwi Rocker - Plz There are Better Players than Him in the world.Players like Pathan And Afridi will only be playing for India and Pakistan.I have a doubt if they would be able to walk into any team.Afridi is different from Pathan.While Pathan Will Kill u when u bowl in his Area(less risk),but With Afridi he will Kill u anywhere u bowl.Only problem with Afridi is that He never uses his Brains When it comes to Batting but in the bowling dept i think he gets a 100.Afridi Wasted all the Hype he had Created.Yes he has won more matches than Pathan.Afridi is been playin for a Decade and this fellow is New.Sure anyone can be compared to anyone.Like Ponting is compared to Sachin - But in the end One cant compare 2 people,Because they will remind you how devastating they are in their own way.But it has to be said - Afridi is the man for Pakistan if they need to win more often.Hopefully he becomes a better batsmen.So that we could Njoy some special Innings from Afridi.

  • akku1973 on January 31, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Mr gupta well said.i really like your comment.perfect answer.

  • on January 31, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Afridi has done well for pakistan but that is once in a blue moon , he is not consistent , over hyped player . never done well in crunch matches for pakistan . For god sake don't compare him with Sachin , he is nowwhere near him . The only good thing he has done for pakistan is to wiin the T20 WC . Yusuf has a gud head over his shoulders and is a natural strokeplayer knows when to attack and defend . I hope he never becomes afridi or razzaq .

  • shaanzee on January 31, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    yusuf must bat at no.5 for india in the w.c.so he can wait for the bad ball.Now he nows how to build an ODI ining. So he can make a bigger impact on batting 5 instead of 7

  • SzlyAr on February 1, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    You are doing a great job, Yousuf.

  • on February 1, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Yousuf is a very good player. He must play more balls if India bats First. Should be send earlier soon after the new ball attack is over on seaming wickets. Giving a big hitter like Yousuf just two overs to play won't benefit the team.

  • mrmonty on January 31, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    @ Rajeel, could not agree with you more, mate. If anyone, being an Andrew Symonds will be a better goal for Yusuf.

  • CricketChat on January 31, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Good to know he is keeping his feet on ground. However, we need to keep in mind he came back into team just recently after having lost his place to Jadeja a while back and made 2/3 useful contributions. While no one can question his destructive batting ability, he must be used wisely in the context of the game to be effective. If batting first or 2nd, he should come in with at least 25-30 overs to play, play out 2-3 overs and then open up. If it is his day, he will win the match for Ind. Even if he gets out cheaply, there will be enough overs for the rest of batsmen without adversely impacting team plans.

  • on January 31, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Y. Pathan is a kid as compared to Afridi...lmao.

  • muski on January 31, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    @Kiwirocker-You are wrong mate. If you see most of the comments,almost all of them do not want Yusuf to become another useless Afridi.Its not Yusuf's fault that he batting lower down the order and is not out. Thats like saying Tendulkar did not play quality fast bowlers like Marshall or Roberts. Whatever you say about Afridi, he is essentially a great talent that got wasted like a Kambli. Therefore dont cry hoarse over Afridi. You must be nuts to compare some numbers of Afridi with that of Sachin.

  • Razor88 on January 31, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Kiwi Rocker - Plz There are Better Players than Him in the world.Players like Pathan And Afridi will only be playing for India and Pakistan.I have a doubt if they would be able to walk into any team.Afridi is different from Pathan.While Pathan Will Kill u when u bowl in his Area(less risk),but With Afridi he will Kill u anywhere u bowl.Only problem with Afridi is that He never uses his Brains When it comes to Batting but in the bowling dept i think he gets a 100.Afridi Wasted all the Hype he had Created.Yes he has won more matches than Pathan.Afridi is been playin for a Decade and this fellow is New.Sure anyone can be compared to anyone.Like Ponting is compared to Sachin - But in the end One cant compare 2 people,Because they will remind you how devastating they are in their own way.But it has to be said - Afridi is the man for Pakistan if they need to win more often.Hopefully he becomes a better batsmen.So that we could Njoy some special Innings from Afridi.

  • akku1973 on January 31, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Mr gupta well said.i really like your comment.perfect answer.

  • on January 31, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Afridi has done well for pakistan but that is once in a blue moon , he is not consistent , over hyped player . never done well in crunch matches for pakistan . For god sake don't compare him with Sachin , he is nowwhere near him . The only good thing he has done for pakistan is to wiin the T20 WC . Yusuf has a gud head over his shoulders and is a natural strokeplayer knows when to attack and defend . I hope he never becomes afridi or razzaq .

  • shaanzee on January 31, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    yusuf must bat at no.5 for india in the w.c.so he can wait for the bad ball.Now he nows how to build an ODI ining. So he can make a bigger impact on batting 5 instead of 7

  • KiwiRocker- on January 31, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    As usual over zealous Indian fans have turned Yousaf Pathan into Afridi…My God, funny that they did not claim that he was next Abdul Razzaq?Pathan has been tried, tested, measured and has has failed more than he has succeeded(two matches actually).Pathan has an average of 33 virtue of 10 not outs as he bats lower the order.Afridi has a strike rate of 114 in ODI's and over 6K runs compared to Pathan's 600 runs. Afridi won Benson& Hedges World Series for Pakistan in 1999. Afridi won World T20 for Pakistan. Afridi has won test matches(like Chennai 1999) for Pakistan and various other key matches. Afridi has won more matches for Pakistan than Pathan and his current ten team mates combined.Afridi has scored 50 in an ODI in less than 20 balls five times.Afridi holds world record for fastest century and third fastest. Highest number of sixes etc. Afridi may have an average of 24 runs in ODI's but 24 runs on 8 balls is better than Tendulkar's 50 in 90 balls & he has 290 wickets.He is a Champ!

  • on January 31, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Hey guys he is Yusuf is not Boom boom , is Dabaang , Dabang is better than boom boom.

  • shakkulala on January 31, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Hi All Leave all the debate. lets pray he performs like this in the World Cup & help the team to win it for INDIA this time.

  • Muyeen on January 31, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Lets not make Yusuf bigger than what he is. Good thing for me even though he played 2 match winning and one almost match winning knocks;he is still not sure shot place in playing 11 always. Long way to go for Yusuf yet. But this kind of article was expected bcoz Indian media is also like british media, i remember adam hollioke was compared sachin tendulkar before making his debut. As for comments comparing him with afridi, every Indian wud hope that Yusuf does not become Afridi. Hope dhoni n team management doesnt let him.

  • dariuscorny on January 31, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    @shokat shah ur comments gives clear view of ur fear for pakistan's early exit.u talk bout udrs well d umpires r neutral so no favours.so do favour to ur pakistani team by not expecting to much from them.i mean cant stop laughing after just looking d pakistani team.a team of 11 captains everyone set to pull eachother down.

  • on January 31, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    It's nice to see so many people stand up for Yusuf and believe he is better than Afridi. I hope his form lasts forever. If Yusuf can bat like this throughout the World Cup, we'll be the World Champions!

  • mrgupta on January 31, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    @Jamil Khuat: Afridi has batting avg of 23.93 with Strike Rate of 113, Razzaq has batting avg of 30 with strike rate 81, Yusuf Pathan has batting avg of 33 and Strike rate of 115. If Yusuf has to become like any of these two then either his batting avg will go down or the strike rate, we want neither. So we all are praying Yusuf never ever becomes like Afridi or Razzaq.

  • MrJames on January 31, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    It is just a purple patch he is going through. I mean all big hitters are either hit or miss so enjoy it while it lasts.

  • on January 31, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan is to India, what Shahid Afridi is to Pakistan, what Steve Smith is to Australia, and what Michael Yardy and Faf Du Plessis should be to England and South Africa respectively.

  • on January 30, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    @Shokat Shah If I am not mistaken only the knock out matches of the World Cup are going to have UDRS.So India can still go through the first stage.LOL!

  • ravithecricbuff on January 30, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    @Haroon Mian and all those Afridi Fans...I sincerely hope Yusuf does not become another afridi because that will be a waste of talent and opportunity. Afridi is the biggest underachiever of all times...he could have been a GREAT if he had been disciplined...comparing him to Yusuf is demeaning Yusuf's ability...He is a good cricketer..but as always I say, dont judge what people do in their job..see what they do outside it..and Yusuf like Sachin comes across as a humble down to earth person and I hve no doubt this guy will go much ahead ...Afridi is not even a milestone for him..can never be and never was...

  • muski on January 30, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    @Haroon- Pl dont compare Yusuf to Afridi. It will be an insult to Yusuf. Afridi started as boom boom Afridi and then his career boomeranged. An average of 24 runs per match in 309 matches is not even worth mentioning. Afridi the bowler is much better in ODI than Afridi the bastsman. Yusuf has already won more games I think for India than what Afridi has won in his 309 games for PAK. Yusuf looks likes he has a better head on his shoulders than the Pathan from Pak. Hope he takes Afridi as a case study of what not to do and he will do well in his career

  • RAAJ101 on January 30, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    YUSUF HAS PLAYED AGAINST THE BEST ATTACK IN THE WORLD IN THEIR DEN SO HE IS BOUND TO BE PRAISED. SOMETIMES A PLAYER PLAYS 100 ODI'S BUT STILL YOU MAYNOT FIND THE INNINGS THAT YUSUF PLAYED IN SOUTH AFRICA.

  • jaguarprince on January 30, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Guys please dont compare him with Afridi,infact dont compare him with anyone else. He is a class of his own order with modesty as a virtue. I hope he continues to be reasonably consistent and win crucial games for our country.Guess for now that is enough.

  • Rajeel on January 30, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    For those who are comparing Yusuf with afridi, and making statement like Yusuf is no Afridi. Well with all due respect, we don't want Yusuf to be like Afridi. Yusuf and Afridi are not in same class. Yusuf has class of his own, he comes down the order bats with the tailenders and still makes an impact, I am sorry to say Afridi is a failed cricketer, he did not fulfill any promise he showed in his early career. So yes we do not wish Yusuf to ever be like Afridi, be it for cricketing abilities or abilities to polish a pitch with shoe spikes

  • on January 30, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Afridi is afridi, razzaq is razzaq, no body can match them

  • on January 30, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    yusuf is good but he is no afridi. if he keeps at it he may become a dangerous batsmen, but he has a LOOONNGGG way to go before he can get to boom boom status

  • Alexk400 on January 30, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    I think media overhype things. He still have weakness that can be exploited. if he is ready to adjust he can be dangerous. Biding time in the crease , he has to learn from sachin tendulkar. We need uthappa and Pathan bat together. Srikkanth made a mistake of not picking Robin Uthappa.

  • fun4super2011 on January 30, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan should bat with Sehwag and tendulkar in all matches and told to play independently......If I were Dhoni, I would not pick no.7 position for Yusuf Pathan. I would have Pathan bat at all positions, starting with opening with Sehwag and give him independence to play his shots since first ball, no matter if India bat first or is chasing target at either 2 runs per over or 10 runs per over. If he does not click as opener, then try 3, then 4, then 5 .......rotation for such a player also works based on team position in the match. Such a player should bat at random order and we watch that he finishes match in 10 overs.

  • coolmask on January 30, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. The author has written a bold article on Yusuf who at present possess a splendid blend of hard-hitting shots in his bag accompanied by a rare character of patience suppressing the urge of adrenaline which gushes each time a ball is bowled to hit it out of the park. If his shot selection will wait for the HIT ME balls which will be 1-2 per over (average) than I am positive that he will be a very big marauder as the author rightfully mentions. All other criticism against the article including the author and the player is healthy however I urge the readers of this cricketing nation to join hands in encouraging this splendid batsman rather than to take potshots at him at every given opportunity. I wish Yusuf Pathan and to the Indian Team and its supporters the Best of Luck and yes he will be instrumental in India winning the World Cup, which they will.:-)

  • MSMA on January 30, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    The making of a marauder....I think it is too early to give him the title....It was much needed batting when he played against SA .....Its great to see him facing the worlds best bowling attack.....

  • on January 30, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Yes, India's answer to Shahid Afridi. If Yusuf works on his fielding and improves his bowling variations, he can be more valuable to India than Ahahid is to Pakistan 'coz he has already played 2 brilliant innings that even Afridi would have have been proud of producing.

  • on January 30, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    @dariconry I think exit from world cup for India too in Inevitable because UDRS is going to be used, so no help from Impires, best of luck.

  • on January 30, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    unarguably afridi is one of the best all rounders cricket has ever produced, comparabble with the likes of flintoff, watson and shakib al hasan in de last decade (but definitely not comparable with likes of kallis).. and for sure, yusuf can oneday become an afridi of this decade.. they have similar techniques, both wit the bat and the ball.. only thing yusuf has to do better in order to catch up with afridi is fielding, bcoz afridi is a far more better fielder than him.. hope we have finally got someone to beat afridi's 37-ball hundred record..

  • dariuscorny on January 30, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    even thinking about afridi is an all time waste.just think about the player i can understand Pakistan is a land depleted of quality cricketers for now that's why player like him is fitting inthe team.he even doesn't qualify for top five best oneday allrounders in the world.Yousuf pathan doesnt swings a bamboo like afridi hit or miss with closed eyes.he simply bats.u say let him play more den u'll see.im asking what afridi has done in his 15yr long career.the best he has done is hiding his real age.even razzaq's track record is better than him.sorry bro afridi cannot help pakistan from early exit

  • on January 30, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    We need to reserve our judgement, good or bad. Certainly the century in Centurion against arguably the world's best bowling side has skyrocketed his popularity. Need great appreciation for the way he went about that innings. Consistent is the key and if he keeps performing, then he will be in the elite group like Gilchrist, Richards, Sehwag to name a few. I am sure there'll be a lot of expectation whenever he takes guard in the WC matches and people wants to see him bat in every innings. No doubt he had instilled some fear in the mind of the bowlers and that is advantage Yousuf. Again he can be gauged where he stand only after some 100 innings. So don't come to any conclusion good or bad.

  • AdityaMookerjee on January 30, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    In my opinion, Yusuf Pathan is one of the genuine stars of the upcoming World Cup, because he is indespensible to, the Indian team. Finishers are the most important cog in the batting wheel of an international team. I cannot think of a better finisher in international cricket today. The last international century that he scored for India, bodes well both for him, and the team. It seems that for some innate reason, the trouble India got into, did not take the sheen of his batting exhibition.

  • on January 30, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    oh my god,how could u write about a player who won just one game for india,and that bowling attack newzland had in india, even bangladeshis were playing it like babies.that batting against SA he did good but was not able to finish it, so good batting wasted,and it takes a very talented to finish something like this, plz. dont compare with anyone, he is just a new kid on the block.but remember everybody he is going to be a trump card for India, like wasim was for Pakistan in world cup.

  • BaigSaqib on January 30, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    Please don't compare players. Yousuf vs Afridi.... Please concentrate on your own players and team. Time will tell how many matches both won for their teams and I mean big matches not IPL or NZ matches. Let Yousuf won hopeless matches in the WC and then we can talk....

  • shakir23 on January 29, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    very nice article. but i think pathan is being wasted at number 7. he should batter atleast number 5 if not 4. when he comes in at number 7 very few overs are left and he has to hit from ball one and more often then not he get out cheaply.

  • on January 29, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    We Indians don't want to see him as Afridi. Afridi is a great pinch hitter, but his success rate is also very low. He can destroy any bowler his own day, but he is a self destroyer. If he can control his emotion then he can become more reliable. We want him as a Abdul Razzaq, he is a under rated true all rounder. Razzaq is much more reliable than any other hard hitting batsman in slog over, if he continue to develop his skill, then he will be a real match winner for India from no- where conditions.

  • CricHacker on January 29, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    @KiwiRocker you are a funny dude! I mean if you are a Kiwi supporter you ought to be oiling your own machine before looking elsewhere. What Pathan would achieve would only be determined by the effort he puts in. Sure he got to be given time before comparisons can be made with the greats of the game.

    However, I do hope Pathan never turns in to an Afridi. They sure are exciting but are prone to spontaneous combustion, consistency is what is need to get the top position. India has been on the rise for last few years, and may attain new heights in this decade.

  • MRNASIR on January 29, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    HE'S GOOD BUT I THINK THIS IS LITTLE MORE PRIES THEN HE DESERVES LOOK AT RAZZAQ THE REAL DANGEROUS HE JUST NOT CAN, BUT HE DOSE TAKE GAME AWAY FROM OPPOSITION THAT'S WHAT WE CALL A GAME TAKER, REMEMBER NOT ONE GAME MANY TIMES HE HAS DONE IT FOR PAKISTAN

  • docgtb on January 29, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    yusuf is good and the thing that will keep him gng is his down to earth nature.

  • Deepkar on January 29, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    Yusuf is not afridi not at all, yar what r u talking about, afridi is one who is better bowler than batsman, and yusuf is better batsman than bowler, and yusuf is better as i think he can think and he have brain unlike afridi who never use his brain when batting but he is claver bowler.

  • on January 29, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    "marauder" this title can't be given after some handfull of matches .This title suits and belong to peple like AFRIDI , GILCHIRIST ,SHEWAG who have prove many many times yusuf is in the making , so people just give some time to match these greats

  • arunkumar_s6 on January 29, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    hey don't ever compare any other batsman with Afridi... He is different kind of a batsman. He plays on his own rules. The only thing he knows is play aggressive and smack every ball out of the stadium. If he hits properly, it stays a clean and long hit, but if he misses it, he gets out. Most batsman chooses correct ball and correct bowler to hit. But afridi's thinking is different. So plz guys, don't ever compare players with afridi. Pathan now got developed. He chooses the right balls to hit, not like afridi. Look at Afridi's batting record... 309 matches, 6 centuries, 31 fifties. Let Yusuf play those number of matches and we will see who is better. At last i never want him to turn like afridi. If he turns out like that, then we won't see yusuf for long.

  • on January 29, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Its funny how you guys only write about these indian players and there are players like chris gayle who is 100 times better than yusuf pathan.

  • Pakistanvictorious on January 29, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    For God sake, please be resonable, Yousuf Pathan has played a single innings and you have been comparing him with players like Afridi. Grow up dude.Let him play some cricket first.

  • on January 29, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    @Pakspin Very well said. I agree with you completely. Yusuf is great talent and also he has some good idea about what he is doing out there in the field. Afridi is all aggression (though he has improved somewhat now a days, with that T20 world cup finals) but when he really gets going, well the world has witnessed what a devastating player he can be. And Yusuf, oh, what an innings that is in the fifth ODI against South Africa. Yusuf has some real potential.

  • anandana on January 29, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    At people who is comparing yusuf with afridi!!! duhh- From when on has afridi become a benchmark?? boom boom status ? Was that the name he got when he got hungry and was caught biting the red cherry on field? Pleaaaseee! spare the comparison and let Yusuf be Yusuf

  • SSon_cric on January 29, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    I read some people comparing Pathan to Razzak the other day, and Afridi today. I pray to god he does not become a Afridi. Pathan has made his name because of his batting. On the contrary, as the things stand now, Afridi is a bowler who can bat a bit. Afridi does not deserve to be a part of a top class national team, Razzak definitely does, and neither of the two have done justice to their talent (or lack the talent that people think they have)!

  • on January 29, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    yusuf is good but he is no afridi. if he keeps at it he may become a dangerous batsmen, but he has a LOOONNGGG way to go before he can get to boom boom status

  • mdfaraz on January 29, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Absolutely agree pakspin. I wonder why media does it. Even when Irfan pathan came onto the scene everyone(includin wasim) started comparing him to Wasim Akram. That was pure non sense. "Makes opposition wish they had taken up another sport"?? Yuck, I can't think of any cricketer make the opposition wish that way. Such a big lie

  • kalyanbk on January 29, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    I think we are too quick to raise people to a pedestal and too quick to knock them off when they don't perform. Yusuf needs to perform consistently at the international for atleast 3-4 years before we make any form of judgement.

  • RAAJ101 on January 29, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    @MR.JOJI FOR YOUR KIND INFORMATION YUSUF PATHAN HAS PLAYED IN SOUTH AFRICA WHERE MANY OTHERS INCLUDING M.S.DHONI FAILED. WE CAN JUDGE A PLAYER AFTER HE HAS PLAYED AT HOME AND ABROAD. YUSUF PATHAN PLAYED ATTACKING KNOCK VERSUS NEWZEALAND AND WON A LOST GAME FOR US. THEN AGAIN HE PLAYED AN ATTACKING GAME VERSUS SOUTH AFRICA IN SOUTH AFRICA. WE WERE EIGHT DOWN FOR JUST ABOUT 100 RUNS AND HE ALMOST WON THE GAME FOR US SINGLE HANDEDLY. HE IS ALSO A GREAT IPL PLAYER

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on January 29, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    @cric_fanatics: Come back to me when Yusuf Pathan helps his team win a World Cup, like Afridi did in the T20 World Cup 2009. Until then he's not even an "Afridi".

  • on January 29, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Being an Indian, i am an indian supporter, but just cause he has had a few games, doesn't mean we need to get carried away, when he can contribute in the long run with explosive batting, then he will prove himself, but i wish him all the best in world cup, if he gets going the cups is ours for taking, because we chase anything down with this batting line up.

  • BICHU77 on January 29, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    """THE MAKING OF A MARAUDER..... ONE WHO CAN MAKE THE OPPOSITION WISH THEY HAD TAKEN UP A DIFFERENT SPORT """". Something really wrong with the author for sure...........only two good innigses and he is a marauder...i did not expect this from cricinfo......why this hype is created for..........let pathan prove his worth....you have the perfect example of Shahid Afridi in front of you.....and irfan pathan............do you think, these days, any team is concerned about afridi......they know he will throw his wicket away in a flash........ being an indian i hope and pray hey stay as..."THE MAKING OF A MARAUDER..... ONE WHO CAN MAKE THE OPPOSITION WISH THEY HAD TAKEN UP A DIFFERENT SPORT "

  • bhaloniaz on January 29, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    I am a big fan of Pathan brothers [in ODI] and also I would love to see PK in tests. Many indian fans would probably be amused by my ignorance. But I would pick Kallis anyday for any team over Sachin. Still I am a big fan of Sachin, not because of his sheer hitting power, but because of his ways rediscovering himself over time. Kallis, Tendulkar, Lara rightfully belong to the top.

  • pakspin on January 29, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Very very premature to compare him to Afridi. For Afridi can not be matched..lets see:fastest ODI hundred ever, second fastest ODI hundred ever (vs our friends across the border(:,four of the fastest fifties ever..one vs SA in SA one vs Australia in Australia vs mcgrath..most sixes ever, he has taken every attack in the world to the cleaners..just yesterday 19 ball 50 and 65 from 25..my Indian brothers are quick to make premature comparisons..Yusuf is good talent but lets not compare apples and oranges..plus afridi is true alrounder who gets picked on the side for his bowling alone..Yusuf is merely a part-time off spinner..I would think he should not destroy his career by trying to be an all-rounder and should concentrate on his batting..they ruined his brother irfan pathan by trying to force an all-rounder out of him when there wasn't one there and look where he is now..please don't do the same to yusuf..so please don't compare to afridi, he is a class on his own..just ask Zaheer khan

  • Joji_ on January 29, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Just got me this article... for god's sake people.. he doesn't even have 700 ODI runs to his name. Let him get some hours under his belt!! Only time will tell if its a spark or bright sun !!

  • SamiFromHunza on January 29, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Message from Pakistan. Yes Y. Pathan is destructive. He should be given oppurtunity even if he fails just like Pakistan do with Afridi. He is an Afridi in the making.

  • manasvi_lingam on January 29, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: Agree with you regarding most of the things except Tendulkar. Tendulkar is just as good as Lara and Kallis and Ponting in Test matches; and he is a much better batsman than any of them in ODIs. And let's not compare Afridi with Pathan either. Afridi's average is miserable, it's around 23-24 as compared to Yusuf whose average is about 10 higher. But, these are early days and bowlers will work on bowling the right line and length. We can only hope that he does not fail like Sehwag did, in the Tests, and disappoint people.

  • cmohapatra on January 29, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    I luv the title of the article though it is over hyped. Every1 knows he is a gud player rather a bloody gud player. i wud expect him to be more responsible along side his aggressive mood. He is India's trump card in this coming extravaganza you believe it or not.

  • on January 29, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    yusuf keeep playing your natural game. but you should play with straight bat atleast for first 5 overs.

  • pointofViv on January 29, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I don't know he is good or bad batsman, but I like the confidence of this guy. His talk is big like his deed and yet he is down to earth. With some good fate, this guy will be climbing huge steps in the future. Best Luck Buddy... and by the way ... when he bat he looks like marauder!!

  • on January 29, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    @gsrikant .. I will certainly think twice. But you can also help urself by understanding the comments twice. I didnt say Vijay is better than Pathan. Infact I meant he is even worse than him.

    @karthik .. Shehwag is class apart. You cannot just compare him with yousuf and never ever Vijay :P

    @agam99 agree we need explosive batsman at 7. @kiwi rocker, amir silent, odysseus- You make lot of sense.Yousuf has played lot of matches but made only a handful of runs ..plus is known to only play few range of shots. This article is really an exaggeration and only to cater to the over jealous fans. @deepan kumar - wrong chance shud be given to players who are technically sound at the game. Else we will end up wasting time on players like rohit sharma, jadeja, Vijay. In long term, no player wud bother to work hard to improve their game. They will only try to slog on flat indian pitches and get into an IPL team knowing well that some day some one will pick him for the national team.

  • vparisa on January 29, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    @KiwiRocker, Yousuf did not hit Steyn out of the park, but he survived Steyn. He hit morkel, tsoetobe and botha out of the park. I am not saying he is the next big thing but he played with in himself and did well to survive Steyn/Morkel and punished length deliveries. All the bowlers you mentioned are good and yousuf will survive them too and take on others.The bowlers will get only 10 overs and by the time yousuf comes to bat they might have 5 overs left.

  • on January 29, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    I think yusuf is going to win some miraculous wins for india in the world cup... there is no other point that can leave yusuf at doubt..he is the right person at that position as an excellent all rounder..all the best yusuf..u can do it..

  • on January 29, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    y do ppl just take every comment so seriously?? Ya i agree with some ppl tht the title is too high for him bt he has tht potential to be marauder. The only concern he has is, short pitch bowling and tht also outside india ( In India, i dont think thr wont be a big bounce beyond waist), if he learns it properly thn we can have very good allrounder too; look at his bowling performance this year in ranji season. He is the guy who can be top class all rounder but for tht he should be given chance, what was dhoni doing during first 2 one dayers against SA? jst giving chances to rohit sharma,vijay who just know one way to play, a place for thmselvs in team india, crap tht!! Wht did ravindra jadeja do? just fielding, he doesnt even have batting power to cross boundry directly and yet he was considered in every match, At starting pathan was poor bt we have to believe he hadnt got chance to play much in winning matches, lets pray only tht he does well in world cup, cheers guy!! dnt just fight.

  • on January 29, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    @SUMIT : Dude! grow up!!! Vijay and Pathan were not merely selected based on IPL performances It is their runs in Ranji that won them places , IPL just catalysed the process . Sachin started out as an aggressive player (and he still is) that won him place in the national side. If we select a team on your ideas we may discover many Dravids and Ganguly's(doubt it !) but no more Sehwag's and Dhoni's.......Its better to give chance to players who work hard at their game instead of wasting them on losers like Rohit , Jadeja etc.

  • on January 29, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: i think the statement made by u ''Tendulkar is put in same class as Lara or J Kallis'' should make it clear as to what u know.. rather.. don't know about the Cricket.. Tendulkar is in a class of his own and i dont think anyone else can be put in it..

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 29, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Lets not get carried away. Yusuf has failed more times than he has succeeded at international level, and all this is being based on just a couple of performances. Agreed he can be destructive and he's a talented batsman, but give him till at least 2000 runs and see how he gets there. I like how someone points out, to be respected as a marauder you need to have the records to show it before placing such high accolades. In the marauding class, names like Jayasuria and Afridi come in. The first has over 10000 ODI runs, 2nd highest number of 6's of all time. The second has the fastest ODI century of all time, a strike rate of over 100 in over 300 ODI's!! As well as the highest number of 6's ever in ODI's. That is marauding, not a couple of good innings against South Africa. Lets wait till the world cup and see what Pathan can do.

  • RanjithShettyJordan on January 29, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    All i want is worldcup.I am not bothered about how many years he is going to play at what form.I wish him success for next 15 odd games.It will ultimatly makes the difference by winning the worldcup.Watching him perform i have some hope that, if our bowlers showcase avarage peformance also we are going to win the worldcup just because of our batting.

  • KiwiRocker- on January 29, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    Rahul: trust me not every bowler is Tesobe who will bowl him length bowls...Pathan is primirly a leg side player with limited range of shots...He relies on bowl being in his zone...World cup is not an IPL with medicore Indian domestic players and some dancing females...Its mega event mate....Shahid Afridi has 10 times more runs than Yousaf Pathan and won matches for Pakistan for last 15 years and he can not hit every bowler in world either..I wonder if Afridi is a Marauder...hahahah! Irfan Pathan bowlerd a yorker and similar people started to call him Wasim Akram...Poor man now a days gets hammered in Indian domestic cricket after he was found out and taken to cleaners by world batsmen! Yousaf Pathan will have his day...he is talented cricketer but he is not a marauder...Its this type of hype because of which more stronger Indian teams have won nothing at world stage since 1983...!

  • Odysseus on January 29, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Lousy critics are just trying these days to make heroes out of players who really can't match the shine on the shoes of the greats. In the competition between the critics to come up with bigger and more sparkly exaggerations, it's the under-talented swingers and one-hit wonders that get beautiful articles to their name.

  • on January 29, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    try bowling short pitch to the guy on flat Indian pitches lol

  • KiwiRocker- on January 29, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    This kind of thinking that has lulled Indian fans into false illusions about winning the world cup.Y.Pathan is being called Marauder after playing couple of handy knocks against primarily South Africa's weaker bowlers.Mind you he did not hit any massive sixes to Steyn.Somedays Sehwag is compared to Sir Viv Richards,Other days Tendulkar is put in same class as Lara or J Kallis. I am not sure what is this Indian media frenzy all about? Yousaf has just started his career.He has total of 694 runs. He is not Shahid Afridi with 6000+ ODI runs and many destructive innings.Y.Pathan has been tried, tested, measured, weighed and failed more than he has successed(Just one series). He will have to face likes of Brett lee, Steyn, Mallinga, Umer Gul, Shaun Tait etc in World cup who will pepper him with short pitch bowling.I am deeply worried that over zealous Indian fans are turning Yousaf Pathan into a pre mature Shahid Afridi or actually Sir Viv Richards.Remember I.Pathan's comparsion to Wasim??

  • agam99 on January 29, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Sumit Agrahari

    U want Sachins/Dravids/Gangulys for no.7 spot in today's ODI cricket ???

    At no.7 u need an explosive batsman who can bowl too. For that u need a player like Yusuf Pathan and not likes of Pujara/Rahane/Mukund.

  • vpk23 on January 29, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Yes Majr...you are right about Bedade....alas he was quite late getting into the indian team though. he scored a 40 odd against Pak which india lost. he hit 4 x6's if i do remember correctly....but the selectors thinking was quite different those days. We need to persist with impact players like him. Gez Dhoni instinctively backs certian players who he feels makes max impact at any given day..that's one good quality with this Indian captian..

  • amir-test-cricket on January 29, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    oh my god .. just look at the heading ...

    "The making of a marauder ....world-class game-breaker, one who can make the opposition wish they had taken up a different sport" ...

    please stop this non sense ... what this fuss is all about . i mean he is a v good prospect , had played only 2 good innings and you guys are all over the place , at least wait for 2,3 years than we will see where he lies ... PLEASE think before you choose the words ....

    THE MAKING OF A MARAUDER..... ONE WHO CAN MAKE THE OPPOSITION WISH THEY HAD TAKEN UP A DIFFERENT SPORT ....

    give me a break ...

  • vpk23 on January 29, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    I second you Sharown...These guys should be given a chance to play for the country in tests..Impact players will count during critical situtions in the longer versions

  • on January 29, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @ Sumit What kind of technique Sehwag has??? Even then you see him bat for India. And how could you say that Vijay is a slogger. Mind you he was replacing Virender Sehwag in the batting line-up that why he failed so miserably while slogging like him

  • on January 29, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    all we need is how many matches he wins but not how consistent he plays n average he maintains. gud luk yusuf do well in wc

  • gsrikant on January 29, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Mr Sumit Agrahari - What has Vijay done wiht the chances given. He has failed miserably. As far as Pathan is concerned he can single handedly win games for you. Can Vijay do that? I guess no he can't so Mr Sumit Agrahari think before you write anything. Pathan was successfull in the INdia England one day series right after the 26/11. Pathan bats at no 7 and Vijay opens so that is self explnatory. Vijay gets to bat from the very beginning and Pathan has only a few overs left to bat.

  • on January 29, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    well he is not even a bubble. Really sad to see the public not being discerning in their decision making. He had failed repeatedly . This is the only series where he performed to what he has been hyped for. Any one else would have been thrown out of the team long before. Indian cricket has now become a gully cricket , we prefer giving chance to sloggers like pathan , vijay( based on IPL performance) instead of selecting technically sound players who have proved themselves in the ranji series. If we continue to do this, we will not find any sachin,dravid or ganguly.

  • agam99 on January 29, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    It doesnt matter how much he scores from now on , what matters is that he has given Indian fans a hope that from a situation of even 100/5 , there is a man who can take India through against all odds.

  • on January 29, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    He is capable of destroying any bowling attacks in the world.Though he is not comfortable in handling the short pitch bownsers .But he is compensating that with his unique techniques.On his given day he can single handedly win ous the game.So watch out for Yusuf Pathan in World cup 2011.

  • modern245 on January 29, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    I think in the world cup he should bat at no. 5 position. If he comes in the middle of the innings he will have a better chance to build up the innings as he has shown durung the matches he has played in the recent past. In the middle overs if the bowling teams bowls few bouncers at him, he can let them go and wait for the bowl to be in his zone. But if he comes to play with only few overs left, then he would have no choice but to play those bouncers and can also get out the the process.

  • sJlovers on January 29, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Think Yusuf and Sehwag are opening the inning for India in 50 over game with great day with good stars for the day. can you imagine the final score in 50 overs( minimum 750 runs) at least. with one of them having 300+ and other 200+, which never think to be broken record.

  • PHANTOM-X on January 29, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Yeah You are right...This guy is dangerous but He is dangerous when bowlers ball full to him ( when the ball is NOT swinging or seaming ). This is written by an Indian and they want other teams to fear this guy. End Goal : India Winning the World Cup. Guys like Afridi, Yusuf can be controlled by bowling Just short and Yorker length and setting fields accordingly.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on January 29, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Very nice article. I think the best aspect of all Pathan's game has been the method he has figured out to handle the short ball. He will take the blows and then the onus is on the bowler to keep his nerve. In South Africa, Pathan proved that tactic meant the bowlers were losing it and when they did he was ready to belt it. All the best to both the Pathans.

  • courierpost on January 29, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    he should open the innings

  • quayman on January 29, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Thanks for that. Interesting. I'm in Ireland and haven't read too much about him. I noticed in the SA vs India series he did the post-match presentation in English while a while back I think he needed a translator so he obviously has been working on that.

    Anyone able to tell me why the Rajasthan Royals didn't try to hold on to him for $900,000 (they were already holding on to Shane Watson and Shane Warne). It seemed bizarre as he was always going to go for over $900,000 in the auction.

  • on January 29, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    I think if Yusuf was playing at no.6 for India in the Test series he would have performed well than others. He could have even been an option with the ball also. I still beleive that guys like Yusuf and P.K should play Tests.

  • on January 29, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    His attitude looks truely inspiring. Hope success doesn't go into his head. Now even India has a Pollard, who can bail us out in most of the situations. The important thing is to keep his head and to be patient. If he does i think he will be similar to what Lance Klusner did in 99 World Cup

  • akku1973 on January 29, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Good article.Yusuf need to play wc without overconfidence.I hope he will be in the final 11

  • on January 29, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Yusuf can turn any kind of match single handedly .

  • madjag on January 29, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    A few years ago same sentiments were being delivered for his half brother as he is the next Wasim Akram and such.. and now look, Irfan cant even cement a place in the playing 11. So before you start comparing Yusuf to greats who have stood the test of time.. take a breath and realize that a couple of international or IPL innings dont propel you to greatness.. @Dyogesh: Couldnt agree with you more.. @Sagir.. Gayle, Gilli and to an extent Symonds.. proved themselves over and over.. Yusuf Pathan is nothing but the next bubble waiting to bust....

  • braindead_rocker on January 29, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Amazing player...No words to describe this guy. His innings in the last ODI in South Africa blew me away though in a losing cause...Attacking the best fast bowlers in their own backyard and that too so ferociously...Dhoni must nurture him well and make good use of his talents in the world cup...He could bring the cup home to India this time.

  • Percy_Fender on January 29, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Atul Bedade was a tremendous hitter too. His sixes often went flat and at seemingly catchable hieght. He too was from Baroda. Much was expected from him but for some reason he did not last long. I think he should have been persisted with because he was very good when in the zone. In fact he once said that he was looking forward to combat with Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. In fact when the chance came he did well in one game I think. Unfortunately in those days, the concepts in the limited over format of the game were different. I really wish they had given more chances to Bedade.

  • dyogesh on January 29, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Yes, Yusuf is shaping up well. He has shown some guts and his work on short pitched bowling is obvious. But saying that he has turned a "world-class game breaker" with 2 innings is hyper, hyper, hyperbole. Let him play at least 5-6 devastating cameos a year and then we can talk of world-class.

  • on January 29, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    yusuf is real entertainer.he is brave and powerful hiter.i love his innings.

  • on January 29, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    great article....go for it Yusuf

  • SagirParkar on January 29, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    nice one.. very nicely encapsulates the man and cricketer that Yusuf is - simple and sticks to his guns.. i hope that he continues to do well for India for a long time to come... finally it seems as if we have an answer to the likes of Gayle, Symonds, Gilchrist etc..

  • on January 29, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    YUSUF PATHAN IS GOING TO BE DEVASTATING BOTH AS A BATSMAN AND A BOWLER ON THE SUBCONTINENT TRACKS.

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  • on January 29, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    YUSUF PATHAN IS GOING TO BE DEVASTATING BOTH AS A BATSMAN AND A BOWLER ON THE SUBCONTINENT TRACKS.

  • SagirParkar on January 29, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    nice one.. very nicely encapsulates the man and cricketer that Yusuf is - simple and sticks to his guns.. i hope that he continues to do well for India for a long time to come... finally it seems as if we have an answer to the likes of Gayle, Symonds, Gilchrist etc..

  • on January 29, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    great article....go for it Yusuf

  • on January 29, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    yusuf is real entertainer.he is brave and powerful hiter.i love his innings.

  • dyogesh on January 29, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Yes, Yusuf is shaping up well. He has shown some guts and his work on short pitched bowling is obvious. But saying that he has turned a "world-class game breaker" with 2 innings is hyper, hyper, hyperbole. Let him play at least 5-6 devastating cameos a year and then we can talk of world-class.

  • Percy_Fender on January 29, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Atul Bedade was a tremendous hitter too. His sixes often went flat and at seemingly catchable hieght. He too was from Baroda. Much was expected from him but for some reason he did not last long. I think he should have been persisted with because he was very good when in the zone. In fact he once said that he was looking forward to combat with Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. In fact when the chance came he did well in one game I think. Unfortunately in those days, the concepts in the limited over format of the game were different. I really wish they had given more chances to Bedade.

  • braindead_rocker on January 29, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Amazing player...No words to describe this guy. His innings in the last ODI in South Africa blew me away though in a losing cause...Attacking the best fast bowlers in their own backyard and that too so ferociously...Dhoni must nurture him well and make good use of his talents in the world cup...He could bring the cup home to India this time.

  • madjag on January 29, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    A few years ago same sentiments were being delivered for his half brother as he is the next Wasim Akram and such.. and now look, Irfan cant even cement a place in the playing 11. So before you start comparing Yusuf to greats who have stood the test of time.. take a breath and realize that a couple of international or IPL innings dont propel you to greatness.. @Dyogesh: Couldnt agree with you more.. @Sagir.. Gayle, Gilli and to an extent Symonds.. proved themselves over and over.. Yusuf Pathan is nothing but the next bubble waiting to bust....

  • on January 29, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Yusuf can turn any kind of match single handedly .

  • akku1973 on January 29, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Good article.Yusuf need to play wc without overconfidence.I hope he will be in the final 11