I will dedicate an Indian Premier League innings to my newborn son: Yusuf Pathan

Yusuf Pathan is a proud father and while the recent addition to his family will keep him away from Indian Premier League for a bit, watch out for his batting when he returns.

updated: April 18, 2014 12:34 IST
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Yusuf Pathan is overjoyed after his wife Afreen, a Mumbai-based physiotherapist, delivered a baby boy in Baroda yesterday. The big-hitting Kolkata Knight Riders' all-rounder, who was away in UAE for the Indian Premier League-7 opener against Mumbai Indians, left for India to be by his wife's side immediately after his team's 41-run win on Wednesday.

"I am short of words to express myself after being blessed with a son. KKR have been extremely supportive to share my joy at this wonderful moment. Fatherhood is completely different from anything I have experienced till date. I'm sure he (baby boy) will bring great joy to everyone. I will celebrate this with my KKR teammates once I'm back and hopefully dedicate an innings to my son," Yusuf told mid-day via a text message yesterday.

KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan broke the news on Twitter yesterday. The Bollywood superstar tweeted: "Afreen & Yusuf Pathan blessed with a baby boy. New papa has to rush home to be with his prince. Masha Allah."

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