Ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had played a warm-up match against CAB XI as a preparation for the tournament. KKR all-rounder Yusuf Pathan was seen on the sidelines along with renowned TV presenter Jatin Sapru calling the action in the match. KKR duo of Robin Uthappa and skipper Gautam Gambhir were seen batting. Meanwhile, Yusuf not only talked about the match, but also spoke about Gambhir’s new stance, saying that KKR captain is very comfortable with it and that has helped him score a lot of runs of late. Yusuf also goes on to say that Gambhir and Uthappa treat every match seriously, even if it is just a warm-up match.
Yusuf had the most productive IPL season in 2016, where he smashed 361 runs at 72.20 and a strike rate of 145.56. He believes that the fact he got a chance to spend 10-11 overs at the crease gave him the chance to get his eye in and then go for his shots. Yusuf will once again look to have a productive season this time and help KKR to their third IPL title. The all-rounder is also very handy with the ball. In his 135 matches in the IPL till date, he has picked up 41 wickets at an economy rate of 7.37