"I am fortunate to have a skipper like Gambhir. He has been a constant source of support for me and continuously backed me when I was not performing well. He has handled me well," were Yusuf Pathan's comments when Kolkata Knight Riders had beaten Rajasthan Royals as the dasher scored a blistering 49* at the Eden Gardens on May 3.
That was barely a week ago. His 3 off 6 balls against Pune Warriors on Thursday though again highlighted his troubles this season. Flattering to deceive has been his story. Just 193 runs in 13 matches at an average of 21.44 in the Indian Premier League 2013, even as an "impact" player as Gambhir has regularly mentioned, is way too disappointing for a batsman of his calibre.