Kolkata: Yusuf Pathan may be going through a lean phase in his career, but Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss has no doubt about Pathan’s big-hitting abilities 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.
"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 is 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, 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.


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