After Monday’s victory, as KKR tops IPL list, team member Yusuf Pathan, on the thrilling four-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in their IPL clash claimed that his team had largely succeeded in their base plan to score a boundary in every over and rotate the strike during their chase at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
As per the highlights of the match, Pathan struck 6 boundaries and 2 sixes and scored 59 runs. Additionally, he also maintained a 110-run partnership with Manish Pandey for the fourth wicket.
“We had a good game plan and it succeeded. We were trying to get a boundary or a six in every over regardless of who the bowler was and to keep rotating the strike. We were trying to put the bowlers and the captain under pressure so that they commit a mistake and so do the fielders,” Yusuf said.
Pathan, who came to bat when KKR were reeling at 21-3, said, “The bowlers were becoming aggressive and I was enjoying that. When the bowler comes aggressively at you, I feel good because he wants to get me out and that leads to a good contest. When I came in to bat I was middling the ball well. The bowlers were under pressure. I could feel that they wanted my wicket. So, I was thinking that.,”
“I have to stay at the wicket. As long as I am there the match is ours.’ I was converting the boundary balls into boundaries and the strike was rotating as well; so that was a good start,” he added.
“We told ourselves that we will play our shots because their field placements were really good and could confuse the batsman. But we discussed that we shouldn’t get confused and back ourselves and continue playing our shots whether it’s going over the top or along the ground. The wicket was good and the outfield fast, so that too was helpful,” Yusuf said.
Appreciating Delhi team’s bowling line-up he said, “Delhi has a good bowling line-up and Zaheer is captaining them really well. His field placement was also really good, but we had to hold ourselves back and stay calm. We discussed that we have to bat according to the way we want to and not to the field that they were placing,”