Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Yusuf Pathan, who returned to form in their win over Rajasthan Royals, thanked his skipper Gautam Gambhir for backing him when he was going through a difficult patch. (Agencies)
"The biggest thing for me is Gambhir's support. He has handled me really well. I had never felt that I was going through a difficult patch. I was always relaxed. The team and the support staff backed me very well," Yusuf said after striking an unbeaten 49 on Friday night.
"The big thing for me is that I've a brother like Irfan, captain like Gambhir who has always supported me. My family understands the game and has always backed me."
Yusuf further said that he enjoyed batting with Jacques Kallis during their unbroken 78-run stand for the third wicket.
"It feels good to finish well, especially when you play alongside a legend like Jacques Kallis. When I was playing aggressive, he kept guiding me," he said.
Stranded on 49, he missed a half-century but Yusuf said, "I'm more satisfied as I could win the match. 50 will come in some other matches. It's just a number for individual achievement.
"But it was very important to win the match. It was more satisfying to remain 49 not out and win the match for my team."
Yusuf, however, admitted that there was pressure on him but he was always confident of get his form back.
"Yes I was struggling. I played up as well as down the order but was getting out. It happens with everybody.
"But I always backed myself and kept telling me that if I play one good innings everything will fall in place. I had the confidence and was waiting for the time," he said.
Yusuf said he was missing out on runs as he always kept his aggression intact.
"I always played with aggression. I always tried to keep hitting and get out. It happens, you get out, and everybody gets dismissed. I've no regrets about that as I play for the team not individual. If I wish I can remain not out playing 10 balls for 10, but I never thought that way."
Yusuf hopes KKR would do an encore of last year by winning seven remaining games in a row to defend the title.
Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Yusuf Pathan, who returned to form in their win over Rajasthan Royals, thanked his skipper Gautam Gambhir for backing him when he was going through a difficult patch.