Yusuf Pathan has been in good form in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League, and it’s just not on the pitch that his confidence in his abilities is showing. In an interview with PTI, he said that he considers himself a ‘special talent’, and that ‘no one can compete’ with him.
Asked whether he hopes of making a comeback to the Indian team, Pathan said, “It does not matter to me who’s ahead of me (in representing India). I think no one can compete with me. I consider myself as a special talent. I have to back my talent. It does not take time for things to change. If I continue to perform well, at some point I will get an opportunity if not today then tomorrow.”
Although Pathan’s form for Kolkata Knight Riders has been fairly erratic during his time with the franchise, he has been backed by the management, and usually produces the goods when his team needs it the most. His 39 ball 59 against Delhi Daredevils was the reason why KKR won the match, with the team currently occupying top spot in the IPL standings.
Pathan added, “I don’t want to look at others. My job is to play good cricket and the start has been good this time. I should be satisfied with my cricket and be prepared whenever I get a chance. There was a lot of pressure (in the match against DD). I just wanted to play my natural game. You will always get out at some point, be it in the first ball or in the 40th ball. But it’s about playing my shots and making the balls count.”
Ironically, Pathan’s least successful season with KKR was the 2012 season, when the franchise won the IPL. He scored only 194 runs in 17 matches, and did not make a single half century. However, Pathan said that the support he received did not ever waver. “The only message from Shah Rukh Khan (was) continue to entertain the way you have been,” he said.
“Having played for so long, you are aware of your team’s strength. If you are set, it’s all about finishing the game. It’s about setting a precedent for the youngsters in the team as well. They should also get an opportunity to learn. It’s about winning comfortably. I think as long as I am at the crease, the team will win comfortably. In the past, I have seen the team has gone on to lose the match after I got out. All these things, I have brought some changes in my game. It’s about playing shots,” Pathan added.
While most batsmen tend to make adjustments to their game as their careers progresses, Pathan insist that hasn’t been the case with him. “I just want to enjoy my cricket. If you see in the last game, I’ve started playing shots from the very second ball. My style has not changed, it is just that I want to make sure that I take the team through till end. This is the only change,” he said.