A quick-fire half-century by all-rounder Yusuf Pathan helped Kolkata Knight Riders defeat Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) by five wickets in a practice match ahead of the IPL franchisee's Champions League qualifying engagements.
With India's young guns blazing in the Caribbean, it has been a rather frustrating experience for dashing all-rounder Yusuf Pathan, who will have to do something dramatic to escape the axe when the team for the England tour is announced.
Bangalore: Yusuf Pathan, whose terrific counter-attack gave India hopes of a win from a near hopeless position in the fifth and final one-day international against South Africa at the Centurion on Sunday, has said dashing India opener Virender Sehwag is his inspiration.
SA vs Ind Series 2010-11: Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan turned out to be the star for India in the batting department while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was the most economical bowler for the visitors in the five-match ODI series against South Africa which they lost 2-3.
Yusuf Pathan smacked a 68-ball century in the fifth and the final ODI of the series against South Africa at Centurion. Pathan’s 100 came at the time when none of the other batsmen in the team got a move on and it took a hopelessly placed Indian team to a position of great strength.