Below-par Yusuf Pathan hurting KKR
The swashbuckling Yusuf Pathan is clearly looking out of sorts in the ongoing tournament. One of the biggest strikers of the ball, the Kolkata Knight Riders' batsman has been below par so far
In five matches, Pathan has managed to score only 61 runs at a measly average of 20.33. The Baroda all-rounder has not even rolled his arm over yet.
MiD DAY takes a look at Pathan’s performance this year:
1) vs Delhi Daredevils: 18 not out
THE opening match of the season against Delhi Daredevils was a lop-sided affair in which Pathan didn’t have to do much. To his credit, he remained unbeaten on 18 off 16 balls as KKR chased Delhi’s 128 with 8 balls to spare.
2) vs Rajasthan Royals: 0
THE next game against Rahul Dravid’s men was a disaster not only for KKR but for Pathan too. Chasing a tricky total of 144, KKR were in a spot of bother at 43 for four when the big man walked in. Much was expected of him, but he perished for a duck and KKR could never rebuild after that. Kevon Cooper bowled a short-of-a-length delivery and Pathan, stuck in the crease, feathered it through to the wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik
3) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: 27
HAVING been promoted up the order, Pathan showed a glimpse of his capabilities against RCB. He scored 27 off 17 balls, including three thunderous fours and a six, but could not make a significant impact as he was deceived by a slower one from Moises Henriques and held out at
4) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: 3 not out
KKR’S top order did all the damage and as a result, Pathan only faced three deliveries and finished unbeaten on three.
5) vs Kings XI Punjab: 16
Pathan's batting services were required most here as KKR were chasing 157. He stepped in with the score reading 116-4.
However, once again he was peppered with some short-pitched bowling and looked uncomfortable. With the asking rate heading north, the pressure got to Pathan and he lofted a Praveen Kumar-full toss to mid-wicket and perished for 16 off 13 balls. KKR eventually fell short by just four runs.