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Yusuf Pathan - Worthy All-rounder for India in the World Cup 2011

Yusuf Pathan is well known for his aggressive and hard hitting in Indian Cricket. He is a powerful right-handed batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler from Baroda who played for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. He has proved himself in the IPL with many good performances for his team and was considered as a dangerous batsman. He scored a century in the first innings and a double century in the final of Duleep Trophy 2010 leading the West Zone to win over the South Zone recording highest successful run chase in the history of first class cricket. As a result of these performances he was selected for the New Zealand series that happened a few days ago.

Yusuf Pathan is considered as a specialist and hard hitter in the limited overs game. He got chances to play in the ODIs for India but those chances did not allow him to play long innings every time he went into bat. So he is been in an out of the team for quite some time and also due to Ravindra Jadeja he competition to his place in the side increased. Jadeja had ben given many chances than Yusuf but he failed to prove himself as an all rounder. As a process of selection for the World Cup team the Indian selectors decided to rest all the senior players and test the young players who will productive for the world cup.

In the hunt for an all rounder to suit the seventh spot to play at the lower middle order in the ODI team, the selectors have two options R Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan. So, both got selected for the ODI series against New Zealand and know only one could make it to the 2001 Cricket World Cup. Yusuf Pathan got a wonderful opportunity in the 4th ODI at Banglore where India was at a crucial position with four wickets down. He already had done enough with the ball by claiming three wickets and this is a good platform to prove himself with the bat. Yusuf completely used the given opportunity to the fullest as he scored an unbeaten 123 in just 96 balls and giving India a comfortable victory. His innings of 123 included seven fours and seven sixes. He played very carefully without throwing his bat at the ball and scoring runs at quick time and bringing down the required run rate and won the match for India almost single handedly. What does any team require from their all-rounders? With a wonderful century and three wickets, finally he sealed the opportunity given to him. He also stated that this innings would be the ‘turning point’ in his life. We can say that India had got a genuine all rounder finally who can win matches for them and is the best suited for the seventh spot in the team. He is definitely a dangerous batsman and can turn out o be a match winner for India at the number seven spot. Let’s see whether the selectors will gift him for his wonderful innings or will turned down his wishes.




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