IPL 2012: Jacques Kallis backs Yusuf Pathan to come good in upcoming games

Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Yusuf Pathan is yet to justify his USD 2.1 million price tag as he aggregates 29 runs from seven matches this season, averaging a poor 5.80 © AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

 

Cuttack: Apr 23, 2012

 

Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Jacques Kallis on Sunday backed under-fire Yusuf Pathan, who has been in a poor form in this edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012.

 

Pathan, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for USD 2.1 millions, is yet to justify his USD 2.1 million price tag as he aggregates 29 runs from seven matches this season, averaging a poor 5.80.

 

Kallis said, “He is a world-class player and the way he plays is high risk. It’s just a matter of time when he plays a massive innings for us and wins us a game. If guys back him, I have no doubt that he will come in and play a world-class innings.”

 

The South African all-rounder said the wicket at Cuttack was not easy to bat on, but his side was still able to execute their plans well.

 

“We planned it pretty well. It was not an easy wicket to play on, and things went pretty much according to plan. It was a good chase and a good all-round performance,” he said.

 

“We would have probably looked to bat as well. It was a 50-50 decision. I don’t think the wicket changed too much throughout the game. We’ve chased pretty well lately, so the guys had it under control,” Kallis was quoted as saying by IPLT20.com.

 

Talking about his side’s clash with Deccan Chargers on Wednesday, Kallis said, “It a rough turnaround. We travel tomorrow, [and] play the next day. It’s pretty late tonight. It’s going to be hard.

 

“They are a good side. They just haven’t got things going for them at the moment. This tournament is all about momentum. We want to keep the momentum, and hopefully, we can keep on playing the type of cricket that we know we can play,” he said.

 

Kallis said he is happy with his form this season.

 

“Yes, happy at the moment. [It is a] slightly different role [this time]. Happy with what I am doing with the bat and the ball. As long as I am contributing, and we are winning games, I’m pretty happy,” he concluded.