Will miss RR: Yusuf
The big hitter will now play with Kolkata Knight Riders but is grateful for his stint with Rajasthan Royals. Subhash Rajta reports. 5 Big Surprises | Buzz in Twittersphere | What Money Could Buycricket Updated: Jan 09, 2011 00:53 IST
Yusuf Pathan didn't look like a man who has just hit a $2.1m jackpot. He was his usual self - short of words and not betraying any emotions he said that he was "very, very happy".
A simple and humble man that he is, his first thought was for his former team - the Rajasthan Royals.
"I will miss Rajasthan Royals," he said quite emotionally. "It was great to be a part of that team and play with someone like Shane Warne and Shane Watson."
The gratitude in his voice was evident in every word he uttered. It was his stint with the Rajasthan Royals that established him as one of the most fierce and feared strikers of the cricket ball.
That Yusuf is now heading to a team that's been the most unsuccessful and controversial in the first three years of the IPL has not disturbed him at all. He's going there with lots of enthusiasm and optimism - something much needed in the KKR after years of gloom and despair.
"I think we will have a very good team. Gambhir is there. Kallis has been roped in. I am there. So, I think we will have a good team and will try and reach the final," he said.
Like him, his younger brother Irfan Pathan, too, has attracted a huge bid from the Delhi Daredevils. And he was naturally very happy for his younger brother. "It's great. I am very happy for both and hope both of us will do really well for our respective teams," he said with a smile.
But before that, Yusuf has few points to prove in international cricket. While he has become one of the most sought after players in the IPL, he's yet to prove himself at international level.
"I want to do well in the IPL, but before that there's lot of international cricket. The focus right now is to do well in the ODI series against South Africa and then there's the World Cup," he said.
'Gambhir likely to lead Knight riders'
Gautam Gambhir will lead the Kolkata Knight Riders.
"I think he will lead the side. We will have a good side and will hopefully make it to the final," said Yusuf Pathan.
Gambhir has captained his former team - the Delhi Daredevils - for two seasons after swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag stepped down as skipper after the first edition.