The first three editions of the Indian Premier League saw the best of Yusuf Pathan. He played some of the very important knocks for Rajasthan Royals in the first two editions of the league. In the third edition, he continued with the flow.
In the second match of the 2010 edition against Mumbai Indians, he was at his brutal best. Mumbai had batted first and had almost sealed the match for themselves, scoring 212 runs in 20 overs. MI’s Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu, scoring 53 and 55 respectively, assured Mumbai fans that they were winning.
At 66 for 4, Rajasthan were struggling to get going and then came the Baroda powerhouse Yusuf Pathan. He knew only one way to play and that was hitting the ball into the direction of the stands. He started his innings in the same fashion. A total of 9 fours and 8 sixes meant that Rajasthan were too close to winning a game that Mumbai should have easily won.
He came to the crease in the 10th over and left in 18th over but by then the carnage had been done. He was hitting the bowlers as if he was doing a net session with the local ball-boys bowling at him. The USP of the innings was the way he hit the bowlers so easily and at will.
Rajasthan Royals won the match with three wickets in hand.