In a previous post, I tried to understand Yusuf Pathan’s value to the Indian team. I’m now getting an answer through IPL 4. So far, Pathan — who scored a punishing 47* today — has a batting average of around 27 and, more importantly, an impressive bowling record (9 wickets, economy rate below 6) that puts him among the best this season.
I’m still frustrated, though. The T20 format is perfect for Pathan, who’s best at these quick little innings that suddenly jolt a team’s scorecard into shape. I remain unconvinced, however, that he can guide chases or bat with tails or become a lower-order anchor. In a perfect world, he’ll become India’s Michael Bevan, a “finisher” with enough nous to attack and defend alternatively. He’s already a better bowler than Bevan, but he’ll need to bat longer and better if he hopes to reach Bevan’s end average of 54 (!).