Home > News >

IPL 2013: Yusuf Pathan is looking more confident than last year, says Trevor Bayliss

Yusuf Pathan is looking more confident than last year: Trevor Bayliss

Trevor Bayliss also hinted at using Yusuf Pathan (left) at a different position © IANS

Kolkata: Apr 19, 2013

Yusuf Pathan may be going through a lean phase in his career, but Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss has no doubt about big-hitting all-rounder’s ability and said he is a match-winner.

“Having watched him at the nets, I think he’s striking the ball better than last year. He looks more confident than last year,” said Bayliss on the eve of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings IPL match here.

“He is a match-winner when he comes off, there’s no doubt about it. I’m trying to work with Yusuf to find what’s the best way to go for him and score runs.”

The Aussie coach also hinted at using Yusuf at a different position.

“We might use him in a little bit different fashion in our next game or two. We just have to wait and see,” he said.

Bayliss though admitted that the KKR think-tank was mulling over playing Brendon McCullum against CSK tomorrow, he was non-committal.

“There’s certainly a chance which is going through my mind. That is a possibility, it’s 50-50. We will wait and see.

We will have a final check tomorrow before the game,” the coach said.

He said that his boys became complacent and let it loose after Sunil Narine’s hat-trick in the last game against Kings XI Punjab that KKR lost by four runs.

“Narine’s hat-trick the other night almost came at the wrong time. They were 109 for seven and consciously our guys might have thought the game was over and would be chasing about 120 or so, and they switched off. I would like to see that stop happening again,” he insisted.

Bayliss said his team was deeply hurt by the way they lost to KXIP in a match Narine took a hat-trick.

“It’s not a secret that we’re playing the way we would have liked to. The guys in the dressing room were hurt by the way they lost,” said Bayliss.

“In a way, it’s good to see the hurt on their faces. To a certain degree, they were embarrassed at the way they let one slip there. I don’t think there’s any lack in effort. As long as you are giving in 100 per cent, you can’t ask for more.”

“The guys can all bat. In 20 overs game, sometimes players don’t get opportunity to spend time in the middle.

It’s just a confidence thing. Once they start hitting the ball in the middle, I’m sure the form will come,” he added.

Bayliss said KKR would concentrate on what they do best.

“We will concentrate on what we do well. One of our strengths is the spin bowling. To be honest, it’s not the bowling that has been our downfall. It’s our batting which is a bit of problem.

“There’s still a long way to go in the competition. We had started reasonably slow last year as well. It’s important to play the best cricket at the end.”

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

Photos

India, England training session for 3rd Test

Videos

Gary Ballance looks ahead to third Test

India vs England 3rd Test at Southampton: England must persist with Ben Stokes despite poor form

Afghanistan’s recent victories over Zimbabwe are encouraging for their build-up to ICC World Cup 2015

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Should Ravichandran Ashwin get a look-in?

Physically challenged cricketers aim to bring glory to India

India tour of England 2014: Mohammed Shami has impressed in patches but wickets elude him

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

India vs England 2014 3rd Test at Southampton: Hosts aim to break winless streak

India vs England 3rd Test at Southampton: Jos Buttler says he is no quick fix to England’s woes

Alex Hales aims for spot in England’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad

Luke Wright registers 4th highest individual score in T20 history

Luke Wright smashes 153 in 66 balls for Sussex Sharks

5 things you need to know about Gulabrai Ramchand

Luke Wright registers 4th highest individual score in T20 history

India vs England 2014 3rd Test at Southampton: Statistical analysis of Ageas Bowl

India vs England 3rd Test at Southampton: England must persist with Ben Stokes despite poor form

Misbah-ul-Haq’s hitch at the helm

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Alex Hales aims for spot in England’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad

Tell people about `bold steps` taken in first 50 days, Modi to his MPs

Consumer Affairs Min may frame norms for online shopping

7 reasons you need to put broccoli on your plate

Why is Huma Qureshi excited about her birthday this year?

Jihadists kill at least 50 Syria troops in ambush: Monitor

Telecom equipment imports up at Rs 74,116 crore

India, England training session for 3rd Test at Southampton

Kick dialogue promos: Salman Khan delivers dumdaar dialogues

Beware! Drinking on your birthday might land you in the hospital

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here