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Yusuf Pathan reveals that Virat Kohli still inspires him

Yusuf Pathan wins first match in Dhaka Premier League with a blistering 60

The Indian Premier League this year will be remembered for a long time for more reasons than one.

But the biggest positive for the whole country from this edition has been the incredible Virat Kohli.

He has already smashed 4 centuries in the tournament and is the highest run-getter by a huge margin scoring 865 runs at a superb strike rate and KKR star batsman Yusuf Pathan had his say on his former team-mates dream run of form.

Pathan who has not been at his best this season felt that the belief that the player has in himself has been very important in Kohli growing on to become arguably one of the best batsmen in the world at the moment.

He said, “Virat is extremely determined. He may have scored four hundred this season (in IPL), but I’m sure there are more to come.”

“He’s just so determined. He doesn’t take his success for granted and that is why he is able to play like this,” he added.

Pathan said that he was awe-struck looking at his innings in the tournament this season and said that he was lost for words to describe the genius that is Virat Kohli.

“Every innings he plays is different from the other. Frankly, I don’t have words to describe Kohli’s batting,” Yusuf explained.

“In fact, I don’t think any words can describe it. He is batting like a dream. He has become very inspiring for world cricket,” he added.

The 33-year old who has represented India in 2007 T20 World Cup said that he is still learning a lot from Kohli and that the motivation that the RCB skipper is giving to people of India is just stupendous.

“There is no age for learning. He is motivating a lot of batsmen who are playing in the IPL.”

The Kolkata Knight Riders are is some trouble in the current season of the IPL needing a victory in their last match against table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad. Even then, they will need other results to favor them to qualify for the knock-out stage of the tournament.

However, Yusuf was not too fazed by the situation and revealed that it was important for his team to believe in themselves that they can go all the way.

“We just need to win comprehensively in our last league match. We are a confident bunch and know how to feed off each other’s success,” he added.

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