Even in this day of explosive batting, you’ll not likely catch an innings as exciting as the one Yusuf Pathan pulled off yesterday. Unbelievable stuff, made all the better by the fact that India were chasing down 315. Pathan burst on the scene through the IPL, when one Shane Warne spotted his talent. He had a middling time initially at the international level, but he seems to have returned. As he grows and matures, the hope is that he’ll become what Michael Bevan was to Australia: a much-needed closer in the lower-order to help if the top fails.
So why I am only feeling half good? Because regular readers know I have long nursed a cricket crush on Yusuf’s half-brother, Irfan, who continues to toil away at the first class. When you think about the promise Irfan showed before Greg Chappell and Co. ruined him, it’s hard to feel full redemption for this family will come until he takes that much-deserved five-for at Lord’s. Well, there’s always hope.