Monday, November 29, 1999

Yusuf will return to Indian team soon: Irfan

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Mumbai, Jun 17 (PTI) Big-hitting all-rounder Yusuf Pathan, omitted from the squad for the ongoing Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, today got the backing of his younger brother Irfan who said his elder sibling will return to the Indian team sooner than later. "We are not disappointed (over Yusuf''s omission). A player of his caliber will return to the Indian squad soon," Irfan told PTI here. Irfan said his brother was an asset in the Indian team as he gives the final flourish while batting with his big hits and also chips in with right-arm off-spin. "Yusuf may not have made too many big scores but he has a different role (to play) in the team. He bats at number seven where he does not get too many opportunities to score big. His role is to score faster and provide a flourish towards the end and his strike rate is always at the higher end," Irfan said. "Besides, he also bowls. He is an asset for whichever team he plays for," said the 25-year-old Irfan at the sidelines of a promotional programme for sportswear brand Reebok. (More) PTI VKV SSR AMA PDS.

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