Yusuf Pathan established his name in the world of cricket by his Hard-work and determination. He was known as the Hardest Hitters of the Cricket ball. Yusuf Pathan was born in Baroda, Gujarat on November 17, 1982. He is currently 39 years old. He started his cricket journey in 2007. His first match, the T20 World Cup was held in South Africa. He is the older brother of Irfan Pathan. Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan together have done some remarkable work during the pandemic. Yusuf is married to Afreen, she is a Mumbai-based physiotherapist. Even, they had a baby boy on April 17, 2014.
Yusuf Pathan is a batting all-rounder and Right-hand Bat. Yusuf Pathan’s bowling style is Right-arm off-break. He played as an opening batsman as his team player Virender Sehwag was injured and he replaced him in the match. In fact, he outstruck everyone with his performance by six over mid-wicket against Mohammad Asif. Though he couldn’t carry on to score well in the innings, his confidence in hitting the ball captured everyone’s eye.
Yusuf Pathan was considered to play on the National side for his inaugural IPL performance. Furthermore, his power hitting and off-breaks lead them to win the title for Rajasthan Royals.
Yusuf Pathan was known as a Lethal weapon for the team. Subsequently, he was one of the cleanest strikers on the Indian team. Being an all-rounder makes him unique, and he becomes an asset to the team. But due to his lower middle-order position, he couldn’t make his performance exceptional in ODI. Moreover, The Pathan brothers opened their Cricket Academy. Even though he could not stand out in ODI, the selectors stuck to him.
Yusuf could not earn the appreciation on the International stage as he enjoyed in the IPL. He had some of the memorable moments while he played in the championship, but persistent failure made him lose the Champions Trophy in 2009. Yusuf had a consistent strike rate, which showcased his ability to score speedily.
Impactful Performances were given by Yusuf Pathan
During ODI Yusuf earned centuries twice. The first-century Yusuf earned against New Zealand in Bangalore was by scoring 123 runs, which made them win. The next one was a jaw-dropping performance as he defeated South Africa by scoring 105 runs.
The hitting style of Yusuf led the team to win the matches, and he attracted people’s attention with his playing style. The Cape town match played by Yusuf did not go to waste. Indeed the South Africa match gave his career a boost. He earned a revitalized World Cup berth, India won after 28 years. He hit 6 fours and 3 sixes and attained a half-century.
The match of India against England. After they decided the order of batting. The first three batsmen were Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, and Rohit Sharma. They scored 29/3. After Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir made 134 runs together, India lost Gautam before losing Yuvraj and Dhoni. In the end, Yusuf Pathan took the lead in his hands and made India win by taking the total runs to 292.
Yusuf played his last match as an Indian cricketer in March 2012. Though, he could not play for the National side due to his bad performance. According to Yusuf, his best innings were in the Duleep trophy in 2010. He managed to attain his first double century as he hit 210 runs. He took the west zone to victory over the south zone by 534 runs in 4th innings. Yusuf has scored a few runs but could not maintain consistency in 2013-14 in domestic tournaments.
Indian Premier League (IPL) Performances
Yusuf Pathan popularly known as the Hardest Hitters of a cricket ball makes him the key player in IPL. His hitting style to get a six made him an asset for the team. He had a consistent strike rate in all the IPL matches played by him. The strike rate would be 130 in all of the matches.
He would score a half-century in just 21 balls. The most memorable moment of Yusuf’s IPL matches took place in 2010 when he made a century on 37 balls and made his team Royals win against Mumbai Indians. He single-handedly made his team win. Yusuf Pathan was well-appreciated for his performance.
Later on, In 2011 Kolkata Knight Riders signed him to sort their middle-order sway in this side. Down on Yusuf’s Luck, he could not able to maintain his performance with Royals but he repaid Kolkata Knight Riders faith by performing well and being a handful that changed the game in their favor by knocking balls by his bat.
After seven years of his career as Kolkata Knight Riders, He was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad to sort their middle-order sway in 2018. But he was not lucky to have a lot of opportunities with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).