Working hard to give joy to my fans in Abu Dhabi T10, says Yusuf Pathan

Former India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan
Former India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan

Dubai - Pathan added that the Abu Dhabi T10 will not only be about big hitting and boundaries

By Team KT

Published: Thu 28 Oct 2021, 12:20 AM

Last updated: Thu 28 Oct 2021, 7:12 AM

Former India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan, who has scored 4,852 runs and taken 99 wickets in T20 cricket, is all set to feature in the Abu Dhabi T10, which is slated to be held at the UAE capital from November 19.

During a virtual media conference, Pathan, who will turn out for the Maratha Arabians, expressed that he will look to give joy to his fans during the Abu Dhabi T10.

“I am working hard to give some joy to my fans during the Abu Dhabi T10. The tournament is a good opportunity for me to play for my fans,” he said.

When asked about his approach to the T10 format, the 38-year-old said: “My approach to T10 will be the same I have had for other formats. I will play my natural game. I’ll put my strategies in place according to the wicket in Abu Dhabi. We’ll need to score at a quicker rate in T10, so I am practising accordingly. It’s important to adapt to the conditions as well.”

Pathan further added that the Abu Dhabi T10 will not only be about big hitting and boundaries.

“T10 is just like any other format in cricket. One can’t just go out there and hit boundaries just because it’s a T10 game. One has to strategize which kinds of shots to play according to the situation in the T10 game as well. It’s very important for a player to handle pressure and adapt to the situation quickly,” he said.

When asked if he is looking to bat at a particular batting position during the Abu Dhabi T10, Pathan said: “I have played at a number of batting positions during my career and I have always adapted to the team’s needs.

“The T10 format suits my game. However, my batting position will depend on the team’s strategies. I have always been open to batting at any position for the team.”

Pathan, who has been part of the World T20-winning squad in 2007 and the 2011 World Cup-winning squad, said that the Indian team can bounce back after their 10-wicket loss to Pakistan in their first match of the T20 World Cup.

“I don’t think it will be difficult for India to bounce back as our players have been playing good cricket. All the India players are hardworking and they know how to handle pressure," he said.

“We all should keep supporting the team and the players will definitely do well. We are not out of the tournament after one loss. India still have a chance to win the T20 World Cup and I hope that we win the T20 World Cup.”

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