For all those advocating that Twenty20 is about innovation and experimentation, Yusuf Pathan has just one answer — keep it simple.
The Rajashtan Royal batsman scored the fastest century of the IPL on Saturday against Mumbai Indians. He however, did not play a single improvised stroke during his 37-ball knock. The 27-year-old was content in playing straight down the pitch and used the late cut with precision whenever the ball was slightly wide.
When asked whether he had done any special preparation before the IPL, Pathan replied in the negative.
“When you try to play shots other than the ones that are your strength, you tend to make a mistake that can prove disastrous. So I prefer to keep things simple and play to my strengths,” said the Baroda player, who also holds the record of second-fastest List A century.
Pathan also mentioned his reluctance in trying the new mongoose bats, introduced specially for the IPL. “Kitna bhi achha bat leke aao, agar bat mein ball nahi lagagi to voh koi kaam ka nahi hai (Bring whichever bat, if you cannot connect the ball then it is useless).”
Despite playing one of the best innings of the IPL, Yusuf preferred to have a quite celebration as the team failed to register a win. But his team members did cut a cake in his honour. “I just spent time chatting with my family on the phone.”