Yusuf Pathan was a name synonymous with powerful and lofty cricketing shots. With time, the intensity and frequency of the same shots dipped drastically. Just when critics were about to write him off though, the Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder stepped up his game - smashing 39 off 28 to help his team beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets on Sunday.
Yusuf's innings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium had two fours and two sixes - a knock which brought back memories of how the 31-year-old used to bat in his prime. For him though, it was always about translating the self-belief into runs on the field. (Related: Preview - Kolkata Knight Riders return to Eden, face Chennai Super Kings)
"I was never low on confidence. I have always had tremendous self-belief and knew I will be getting my runs soon," he said in an interview to iplt20.com. "The domestic season kept me in a positive frame of mind for the IPL and it was always a matter of time that I got going in the IPL." (Also read: Yusuf backs Kolkata Knight Riders to make it to the playoffs)