KKR vs Delhi: Why Yusuf Pathan is nervous batting on small grounds

first_imgFew batsmen can hit the ball as cleanly and as far as Yusuf Pathan. When he is on song, bowlers are often left scurrying for cover and opposition captains are left scratching their heads.So, when Yusuf, with a strike rate of 146 in the IPL, struts out to play against Delhi Daredevils at a relatively small Feroz Shah Kotla, you’d expect his eyes to light up. KKR vs DD Match HighlightsBut you’d be wrong if you expected that.The star Kolkata Knight Riders batsman watched as Sam Billings and Sanju Samson got Delhi off to an explosive start but admitted on air (in a mic conversation with Sunil Gavaskar) that he would much rather prefer batting on bigger grounds.”I get nervous on small grounds. With long boundaries I know how far to hit,” he said.Yusuf had made his T20 International debut in the final against Pakistan in the final of the inaugural World T20 in Johannesburg  in 2007. In the first edition of the IPL, he smashed 435 runs at a strike rate of 179.Yusuf’s big moment in the IPL came in 2010, when he hammered a hundred for Rajasthan Royals off only 37 balls against Mumbai Indians.The 34-year-old, however, said his role in KKR has changed overtime and he was content to leave the boundary hitting to the others.”My role has changed a bit.. Boundaries and sixes are for someone else to hit now. I can play my natural game if needed and look to bat 20 overs if needed,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTwo days ago Megan Campbell was on her way to Melbourne to watch the world’s best tennis players battle it out for the Australian Open. Today Megan marched, cloaked in green and gold in the Opening Ceremony of the Youth World Cup and will begin her campaign for World Cup glory as part of the Australian 18’s Women’s side this afternoon. How life can change in two days. Before this tournament, Megan had only played at National Touch League level in the Sydney Scorpions Womens Open team. She gained selection in the Womens 18’s and 20’s squads for the Youth World Cup and for NSW in the State of Origin 2004 series. Prior to her round one game today Megan had only two 45- minute training sessions with her team, but says fitting in with them on and off the field has not been a problem. “All the girls were really welcoming and really nice about me coming into the team late, they were all glad it wasn’t them,” said Megan. Even though Megan has entered the team late, she is still very proud to be playing touch at this level and representing her country. “It’s such an honor to play for Australia, I’m having heaps of fun, and it’s great to be able to interact with Touch players from all around the world,” said Megan. Andrew Knox was at Barbarians training in Western Australia just about to pass the ball when his phone rang….and it wasn’t his mum. The voice on the end of the line was Australia’s Elite programs Director, Cathy Gray asking him if he could fly to the Sunshine Coast to represent Australia in the Men’s 20’s teams at the Youth World Cup. Barbarians training and NTL’s quickly became the last thing on Andrew’s mind as he rushed home to organise time off work and flights to the Sunshine Coast. “I was pretty disappointed to not make the team originally, so I was stoked when I got the call that they needed me in the team,” said Andrew. This is Andrew’s debut at an international tournament, the highest level he has previously played being Men’s Opens for Barbarians at NTL’s. Fitting into his team on and off the field has not been a problem for Andrew either. “They’re all top blokes so it was easy to come into the team, but it did take a while to learn all their names in one day,” said Andrew. Andrew is proud to represent his country at the 2005 Youth World Cup, and feels extra privileged to be in an Australian team. “It’s great, it’s definitely not something that happens everyday,” said Andrew. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more