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Yusuf Pathan may miss rest of Ranji season

Siddhartha Talya

November 27, 2011

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Paddy Upton tells Yusuf Pathan to swing away, World Cup, Bangalore, March 2, 2011
Yusuf Pathan picked up a knee injury while fielding against Haryana © AFP
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Yusuf Pathan, the India and Baroda allrounder, is in doubt for the remainder of the Ranji Trophy season after suffering a knee injury. Yusuf hurt his knee while taking a diving catch off the bowling of Irfan Pathan during Baroda's third-round game against Haryana.

"We have lost Yusuf Pathan due to a knee injury. He might need around four to eight weeks of rest," the Baroda coach Sanath Kumar told ESPNcricinfo. Yusuf hasn't made an impact yet this first-class season. He has scores of 9, 10 and 23 so far in the Ranji Trophy 2011-12 and has picked up just one wicket.

Baroda's concerns don't end there. Their opening seamer Murtuja Vahora, too, is injured and will be out of action for their next game against Delhi that starts on November 29. Vahora, who picked up a five-for against Haryana, injured his thigh while attempting a sweep.

"It's a big blow but the replacements are pretty good," Sanath said. Replacing Vahora is allrounder Abhijit Karambelkar. "He's done very well in the Under-22. He's already scored a century and has two five wicket-hauls and is a good medium-pace allrounder," Sanath said.

The offspinning allrounder Utkarsh Patel has been called up in place of Yusuf. Baroda, the runners-up in the Ranji Trophy last year, have had mixed results in the first few rounds of this Ranji Trophy. Their opening game against Tamil Nadu was virtually rained out, they beat Madhya Pradesh comprehensively in the second round and conceded a first-innings lead in the drawn game against Haryana.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (November 29, 2011, 4:31 GMT)

Miss u Yusuf...

But dont worry baroda fans.. Irfan is there to rock... he finds his rhythm back... surely he will rock it (ia)...

I m a Big fan of Baroda cricket team though i m from Tamilnadu

Posted by   on (November 28, 2011, 16:40 GMT)

irfan is there na... surely they can manage....

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 28, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

Big loss to Baroda.. They have some good quality players but Yusuf is a man who change the match anytime.. He can be a nightmare for domestic teams as the fast bowling strength is generally weak in many teams.. He can mostly feast on the spinners..

Posted by symsun on (November 28, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

Yusuf has a lot to prove in domestic level and in international level before considering him to be in regular XI. Thank god, at least the selectors didnt pick him up for the aus tour. Otherwise it could be a repeat of eng tour starting injuries list.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2011, 15:15 GMT)

aww man thats gotta suck......feel better!!!

Posted by aks1812 on (November 27, 2011, 13:16 GMT)

This could not have come at a worse time.Ranji was Yusufs opportunity to make his claim in front of a selection committe who have clearly forgotten his match winning innings against tough oppositions in recent times.I just hope he gets picked up for duleep trophy.

Posted by   on (November 27, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

When tough gets going..Going gets tough!! Feel for this talent! Bad luck man..recover soon.

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