Team India’s discard Yusuf Pathan hasn’t given up on representing India again despite being out of favour for some time. The confidence is brimming in him, especially after the wonderful knock against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on April 17th which was also his son’s second birthday.
Pathan is easily the most consistent impact maker after skipper Gautam Gambhir in the Kolkata Knight Riders unit. His 39 ball 59 against DD was just another example of his determination to compete against the best.
“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,” Pathan said in an interview on Wednesday.
Pathan also seems assured that if he continues to perform in the same manner, the opportunity to wear the India Blue Jersey again will arrive soon.
“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,” Pathan seemed positive that he may once again don the India blues.
The 34-year-old has stiff competition to overcome as far as the place in India’s limited overs team is concerned. However, he isn’t worried about it much and states that his focus has always been on self-improvement rather than watching out for his competitors.
”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,” he said.
Pathan reveals that his responsibility in the team has changed over the years and he is no longer just a boundary hitter. He also made it clear that he will never shy away from playing his natural game like he did under pressure against DD at the Kotla.
The Baroda star along with Manish Pandey forged an 110 runs partnership for the fourth wicket which set the stage for a smooth victory for KKR as the target of 168 was achieved well in time. His knock was laced with six boundaries and two sixes.
“There was a lot of pressure I just wanted to play my natural game. You will always get out at some point, be it in the first ball or on the 40th ball. But it’s about playing my shots and making the balls count,” he said about his knock.