<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="India's fielding has benefitted from playing in IPL: Yusuf Pathan" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130623193646.jpg" title="India's fielding has benefitted from playing in IPL: Yusuf Pathan" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Yusuf Pathan said he is training hard for making a comeback © IANS</p> </div> <strong>Mumbai: Jun 23, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> With <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a> making it to the final of Champions Trophy, hard-hitting batsman <a href="/tags/Yusuf-Pathan/post" target="_blank">Yusuf Pathan</a> today said he was pleased with the way the team has performed as a unit in <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a>.<br /> <br /> "The team is performing well and individually also the boys have done well. I feel proud that the team is doing well especially, as it is not two three players who are doing well, they are performing as a unit. I hope it continues the same way," Pathan told reporters here at the gaming centre 'Smaaash'.<br /> <br /> The Baroda player also praised <a href="/tags/Shikhar-Dhawan/post" target="_blank">Shikhar Dhawan</a>, who has amassed 332 runs so far, for his performance in the tournament.<br /> <br /> "Shikhar Dhawan has been impressive, he is batting really well," he said.<br /> <br /> On the opening partnership of Rohit Sharma and Dhawan, he said, "They are playing really well. The way Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag or Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir shared a good opening partnership, the same way. I hope they too play well and play for a long time."<br /> <br /> Asked about the team's fielding in the Champions Trophy, Pathan said, "We are playing a lot of cricket. In IPL, you have coaches coming from different countries, so obviously we have learnt a lot from them. Cricket has benefited from these things."<br /> <br /> The 30-year old said sharing the dressing room with senior India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was an achievement.<br /> <br /> "Obviously the presence of someone like <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a>, as a player and a person, is nice in the dressing room. We youngsters learn a lot from him. He is our idol. Sharing the dressing room with him was an achievement for us," he said.<br /> <br /> The all-rounder added that the title 'Master Blaster' cannot be bestowed on anyone else except Tendulkar as it is hard to replicate his feats.<br /> <br /> "After him no blaster can be born. What he has done for cricket I don't think anyone else can do it. You can't call anyone else a blaster. The dedication he has given to cricket, nobody else can show it," Pathan said adding that both he and his brother Irfan Pathan wanted to play like Tendulkar.<br /> <br /> The out-of-favour Indian player, who had a decent performance in the recently-concluded IPL, said he is training hard for making a comeback.<br /> <br /> "The team is playing right now but I use to the time to work on my cricket. For me the IPL was very satisfying. Okay, we [Kolkata Knight Riders] didn't qualify, but for me it was quite satisfying. My job is to play good cricket. Wherever I play cricket, I try to focus on my performance and my game. If I think about other things, I won't be able to play cricket.<br /> <br /> Every cricketer has ups and downs," he said.<br /> <br /> Pathan had garnered 332 runs from 16 matches at an average of 30.18 in this year's IPL.<br /> <br /> Known for his prowess to hit the big shots, Pathan admitted he gets nervous while playing the games and relaxes only after facing the first ball.<br /> <br /> "I have been playing for many years. I have been playing Ranji Trophy for 12 years now. I made my international debut in 2007 but even today when I play a match, I am nervous. I am nervous till I enter the stadium. When I go onto bat, I settle down after the first ball. But this nervousness is important for your career," he said.