Kolkata : Yusuf Pathan might not have ever looked upto Jose Mourinho for inspiration but his latest self-assessment is akin to the current Manchester United coach’s famous statement ‘I am the special one’. So does he harbour hopes of an India comeback with so many ahead of him for those couple of slots in the middle- order?
“It does not matter to me who’s ahead of me (in representing India). I think no one can compete with me. I consider myself as a special talent,” Pathan told PTI in an interview on Wednesday. Having scored 39-ball-59 against Delhi Daeredevils, the India discard proved why he is so highly rated in the Kolkata Knight Riders ranks despite his game-changing knocks being few and far in between.
“I have to back my talent. It does not take time for things to change. If I continue to perform well, at some point I will get an opportunity if not today then tomorrow.”
Pathan seemed positive that he may once again don the India blues. “I don’t want to look at others. My job is to play good cricket and the start has been good this time. I should be satisfied with my cricket and be prepared whenever I get a chance,” he said.
Pathan made it clear that he will never shy away from playing his natural game like he did under pressure against DD at the Kotla. “There was a lot of pressure I just wanted to play my natural game. You will always get out at some point, be it in the first ball or in the 40th ball. But it’s about playing my shots and making the balls count,” he said about his knock.
Pathan has had his share of disappointment with the team especially during their maiden title-winning campaign in 2012 when he managed just 194 in 17 matches without a single half- century but the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise has backed him throughout these years. In fact, his 112 matches since 2011 is one more than skipper Gautam Gambhir’s 111 games for the popular Kolkata franchise.
“The only message from Shah Rukh Khan continue to entertain the way you have been,” Pathan said. Pathan refused to agree his style has changed but says he’s keen to finish off games now. “Having played for so long, you are aware of your team’s strength. If you are set, it’s all about finishing the game. It’s about setting a precedent for the youngsters in the team as well. They should also get an opportunity to learn. It’s about winning comfortably.”Pathan believes that as long as he is at the crease, KKR can win matches.