Reviving some memorable hits by the former India Allrounder



Former Indian cricketer Yoosuf Pathan is among the country’s toughest cricketers in domestic cricket as well as in international cricket. Yusuf is one of those lower order batsmen, who can bowl four overs in T20 cricket and is able to give the side a huge boost in the overs with his judicious ability to clear the ropes.

Much like his batting style, Yusuf debuted in India in an exotic way. He donned the colors of India for the first time while talking about India and Pakistan in the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup. India opened the innings in the absence of the injured Virender Sehwag and announced his arrival in the most amazing way by smashing Mohammad Asif for six. Although he wasn’t removed from offense in the third round of the match, his brief cameo gave the Men in Blue the confidence they so much needed.

Today as the Baroda based cricketer celebrates his 40th birthday; Here we take a look at some of his best offerings:

123* (96) and 3/49 against New Zealand 2010 in Bengaluru

Yusuf has only scored two hundred in his career, and one of them came against New Zealand in 2010 in Bengaluru. Batting first, New Zealand posted a respectable total of 315/7 against India. In reply, India won the match by five wickets, thanks to a hundred from Yousef. He scored an unbeaten 123 runs off 96 balls with the help of seven fours and six sixes. He also took three wickets in the said match.

105 runs 70 balls against South Africa 2011 in Centurion

Yusuf’s most memorable performance in open matches came against South Africa in 2011 in the Centurion, albeit in a losing cause. Chasing 268 runs for victory in the rain-changed match, India were reeling at 60 runs for the loss of five wickets in 12 overs when Yousef walked to bat at number seven. India to 234 only 33 runs off the target. Joseph’s gourd was studded with eights, fours, and huge sixes.

22*(10) and 2/23 against Sri Lanka 2010 in Colombo

One of Yusuf’s most complete performances in T20Is came in 2010 against Sri Lanka in Colombo. India were chasing 172 runs to seal victory, and were reeling at 110/6 when Yusuf walked to bat at number 8. He scored an unbeaten 22 runs at just 10 runs at an astonishing batting average of 220 as India defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets. He was also well supported on the other side by his brother Irfan Pathan. Yusuf also picked two tips while conceding 23 runs and was adjudged man of the match for his performance.

37 * 24 runs out against Zimbabwe 2010 in Harare

Yusuf scored 37 runs off 24 balls in 2010 in Harare as India defeated Zimbabwe by six wickets. His knock was pegged for two forties and three sixes. He also bowled twice in the match and gifted only 10 runs.

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