Yusuf Pathan

Yusuf Pathan (born 17 November 1982) is an Indian former cricketer. Pathan made his debut in first-class cricket in 2001/02. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler. His younger brother, Irfan Pathan was also an Indian cricketer.[1] Pathan retired from all forms of cricket in February 2021.[2]

Yusuf Pathan
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Personal information
Full nameYusuf Khan Pathan
Born (1982-11-17) 17 November 1982 (age 39)
Vadodara, Gujarat, India
BowlingRight arm off break
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 172)10 June 2008 v Pakistan
Last ODI18 March 2012 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no.28
T20I debut (cap 18)24 September 2007 v Pakistan
Last T20I30 March 2012 v South Africa
T20I shirt no.28
Domestic team information
2008–2010Rajasthan Royals (squad no. 28)
2011–2017Kolkata Knight Riders (squad no. 24)
2018–2019Sunrisers Hyderabad (squad no. 17)
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20 FC List A
Matches 57 274 100 199
Runs scored 810 4,852 4,825 4,797
Batting average 27.00 27.56 34.01 33.78
100s/50s 2/3 1/21 11/20 9/28
Top score 123* 100 210* 148
Balls bowled 1,490 2,210 13,384 6,034
Wickets 33 99 201 124
Bowling average 41.36 28.42 32.67 41.39
5 wickets in innings 0 0 14 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 2 0
Best bowling 3/49 4/01 6/40 5/52
Catches/stumpings 17/– 86/– 80/– 83/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 15 April 2021

Personal lifeEdit

Yusuf Pathan was born in Baroda, Gujarat, to a Gujarati Pathan family.[3][4] He is the elder brother of Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan. He along with his brother Irfan has done philanthropic work during Covid-19 pandemic by distributing masks. Yusuf married Mumbai-based physiotherapist, Afreen who gave birth to a baby boy on 17 April 2014.[5] He had been supporting "YAIF" and its mission "Youth Against Rape".


Following his impressive performances in the 2007 Deodhar Trophy and the Inter-state domestic Twenty20 competition held in April 2007, Pathan was made a part of the Indian squad for the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship, held in South Africa in September 2007. He made his Twenty20 international debut in the final against Pakistan. He opened the batting for India in the match, and scored 15 runs in the process.[6]

Following his good showing in the IPL, he was selected for the Indian one-day team. After IPL, though he played all the games in the Kitply Cup and Asia Cup, he got to bat only four times and could not perform well with both bat and ball. He was later dropped from the series against Sri Lanka. He performed well in domestic circuit and impressed the selectors and was selected for the England ODI series in November. He scored a fifty off just 29 balls in the second ODI against England in Indore, on his 26th birthday.[7]

Yusuf had made his One Day International debut for India against Pakistan in Dhaka on 10 June 2008. He became a regular feature of the national One Day International team, but is yet to make his test debut.[8]

Even though Pathan could not repeat his first IPL performance in the second season, he was selected in the Indian team to play the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 championships in England. In the second of India's Super 8 matches, he made an unbeaten 33 from 17 balls against England. Despite his knock, the team lost the game and crashed out of the tournament without making it to the semi-finals. His rare international debut came in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007.

In late 2009, Pathan was dropped from the limited overs team after a series of unproductive performances.

In the final of the 2010 Duleep Trophy cricket tournament, Pathan scored a hundred in the first innings and a double hundred in the second and led his team West Zone to a three wicket win over South Zone. Pathan made 108 in the first innings and an unbeaten 210 from 190 balls in the second innings to help his team chase down a mammoth target of 536. This became a world record for the highest successful run chase in first-class cricket history.[9]

On 7 December 2010, Pathan's power hitting sealed a memorable 5-wicket win for India. Pathan clobbered the New Zealand attack with his aggressive innings, smashing an unbeaten 123 from 96 balls and shared an unbroken 133-run partnership with Saurabh Tiwary to guide India to a huge target of 316 with seven balls to spare and give the hosts a 4–0 lead in the series. He was named man of the match for this effort. The all-rounder clubbed seven fours and seven sixes on the way to his maiden one-day century to help the hosts overhaul New Zealand's challenging 315–7 with seven balls to spare at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

At the awards distribution ceremony he stated that "this knock will boost my career". Indian captain Gautam Gambhir said "I have always said Pathan can finish games on his own, and that's what he did today, I had never seen something like this before. But I knew till the time Pathan was there, we would win the game."[10]

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori said "It was a great game of cricket, we were in the game, but Pathan was pretty amazing and took the game away from us."

In the MTN ODI series against South Africa, before the 2011 World Cup, he gave a stand-out performance in a match in Pretoria where he scored a brilliant 105 in 70 deliveries (comprising 8 fours and 8 sixes). Even though India lost the match, his performance was complimented heavily.[11] During this knock, he reached his century off 68 balls which is the sixth-fastest by an Indian and the second-fastest by an Indian outside the subcontinent. Thanks to his stream of good performances, he made it to the Indian team for 2011 World Cup,[12] and also scored 100 for just 37 balls vs Mumbai Indians in IPL 2010. Though Yusuf did not have a great World Cup, he ended up having the winner's medal and the honor of holding the World Cup aloft.

He was named in the Indian team for 2012 Asia Cup to be held in Bangladesh.[13] He featured in the triangular series in Nairobi-Kenya and played for Baroda's team against Gujarat and Kenya international.

Indian Premier LeagueEdit

After a good domestic season in 2007/08, he was signed by the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League for US$265,000 (INR 1.9 crore). In the 2008 IPL season, he scored 435 runs and took 8 wickets. He recorded the season's fastest half-century (from 21 balls) against the Deccan Chargers, and was also the Man of the Match in the final against the Chennai Super Kings. In May 2021, ESPNcricinfo ranked Pathan's match figures of three wickets for 22 runs, and his 56 runs from 39 balls as the greatest IPL performance in the history of the tournament.[14]

Yusuf Pathan was named as the vice-captain of Rajasthan Royals during IPL 3. On 13 March 2010, Pathan scored a century off 37 balls, in an Indian Premier League match against Mumbai Indians. The innings also included 11 consecutive hits to the boundary (6, 6, 6, 6, 4, 4, 6, 4, 4, 4, 4).

After that knock where he scored the fastest IPL century, his Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne described his innings as one of the best innings he has even seen in his career and also compared Yusuf Pathan with his country-mate Andrew Symonds as two of the cleanest hitters of the ball.

In the 2011 IPL auction, he was bought for $2.1 million by Kolkata Knight Riders and was retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 3.25 crores via the 'Right to Match' option in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction 2014.[15]

On 15 May 2013, Yusuf Pathan became the first batsman to be given out for obstructing the field in Twenty20 cricket while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2013 against Pune Warriors India.[16]

On 24 May 2014, Yusuf hit the second-fastest 50 in IPL history doing it in a mere 15 balls. As a result, Kolkata Knight Riders ended up 2nd in the league table and won the title for the season.[citation needed]

In January 2018, he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 IPL auction. He played few good knocks that season including a vital 45 vs Chennai Super Kings in the final, albeit in a losing cause. After poor performances and dip in form in the 2019 season, he was released by the Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of the 2020 IPL auction.[17]

Domestic cricketEdit

He held the record of fastest 50 (in 18 balls) up to October 2015 in the Ranji Trophy. His record was broken by Bandeep Singh (in 15 balls).[18]

Cricket Academy of PathansEdit

The Cricket Academy of Pathans was jointly launched by Yusuf and Irfan Pathan. The academy has tied up with former India coach Greg Chappell and Cameron Tradell as chief mentors. They also appointed Huzaifa Pathan as a coach for the academy. Chappell coached the coaches of the academy.[19]


  1. ^ "Yusuf dismissal divides opinion". Wisden India. 15 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Yusuf Pathan retires from all forms of cricket". CricBuzz. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  3. ^ Alikuzai, Hamid Wahed (October 2013). A Concise History of Afghanistan in 25 Volumes. Trafford Publishing. p. 607. ISBN 9781490714417. Cricket is larjjely a legacy of British rule in Pakistan and India, and many Pashtuns have become prominent participants, such as Shahid Afridi, Imran Khan and Irfan Pathan.
  4. ^ "Munaf, Yusuf presented Eklavya award after 14 months' delay". Vadodara: Dainik Jagran. 6 June 2012. Pathan said, "As a Gujarati I am delighted to get this award and feel proud."
  5. ^ "I will dedicate an innings to my newborn son, says Yusuf Pathan". Mid-Day. 18 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Lalchand Rajput appointed manager for Twenty20 World Cup".
  7. ^ "Yusuf and Ojha get maiden call-ups". Cricinfo.
  8. ^ "Kitply Cup, 2nd Match:India v Pakistan at Dhaka, 10 June 2008. Yusuf scored his maiden international fifty against England on 17th November at Indore". Cricinfo.
  9. ^ "Yusuf Pathan basks in 'innings of my career' | Cricket News | Global | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.com. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  10. ^ "This innings could be the turning point of my life: Pathan". The Times of India. 8 December 2010. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  11. ^ "A great feeling for the Pathan family". Cricinfo.
  12. ^ "Fear is Pathan's primary weapon". Times of India.
  13. ^ "Sehwag, Zaheer rested, Sachin Tendulkar in Asia Cup squad – The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  14. ^ "The greatest IPL performances, No. 1: Yusuf Pathan's 3 for 22 and 56 off 39 vs the Chennai Super Kings". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  15. ^ "IPL 7 Auction: Yusuf Pathan retained by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 3.25 crore". 12 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Hutton, Yusuf and obstructing the field". Wisden India. 16 May 2013.
  17. ^ "Where do the eight franchises stand before the 2020 auction?". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  18. ^ "द्रविड़-कोहली हैं मेरे हीरो, रणजी में फिफ्टी का नया रिकॉर्ड बनाने वाले बंदीप सिंह ने NDTV से कहा". एनडीटीवी खबर. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Pathan brothers launch Cricket Academy of Pathans". The Indian Express. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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