Yusuf and Irfan Pathan share mutual admiration after a good day the office

Irfan played a knock of 91 and bailed his team out of deep trouble.

Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan
Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan. (Photo Source: Instagram)

The Round 5 of Ranji Trophy started on Thursday, the 6th of December. Each of the 34 teams are looking to pedal the accelerator as they move closer to the business end of the tournament. The match between Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, both from the Elite Group C, got underway at the Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground in Jammu. While J&K didn’t have an ideal day out with the bat it was all-rounder Irfan Pathan who stood out.

Akshdeep Nath, the captain of Uttar Pradesh team, won the toss and put the opposition to bat first. Jammu and Kashmir were soon reduced to 52/3 at one stage but the 101-partnership between the tenacious Ian Dev Singh and the flamboyant skipper Parvez Rasool followed by a colossal 91 off 76 balls from India’s erstwhile No.3 batsman, Irfan Pathan.


Irfan and Yusuf’s banter

Uttar Pradesh, on the other hand, didn’t have a great start when they came out to bat as they only managed 31 runs for the loss of three important wickets at the closure of day’s play.

The highlight of Irfan’s inning turned out to be a particular over in which the left-hander amassed whopping 26 runs that had 4 sixes and a solitary two. Being flabbergasted by his younger brother’s batting display, Yusuf took to Twitter and made a haiku-esque tweet in Hindi read, “Chote miya Irfan Pathan ne knock khela bada wala” meaning ‘the younger brother Irfan has played a big knock”.

He also added, “Chakkon ki barish kar di aaj” meaning “It was raining sixes today” referring to the 4 sixes he hit in one over. Yusuf also appreciated his sibling that the ‘knock happened at the right time’ as the team was under trouble when he came to bat, and his scintillating innings has given Jammu and Kashmir the edge.

Irfan, the star of the day himself, posted a reply to his brother’s tweet wherein he pointed out that tomorrow is his Yusuf’s turn (to probably bring back the rain of sixes) as he scored an unbeaten 46 today for his team Baroda against Chattisgarh at Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara.

Chattisgarh, having batted first, were bundled out for just 129 runs before 46 valuable runs of Yusuf helped Baroda earn a first innings lead and are at 165 for the loss of 7 wickets at stumps on Day 1.

~Written by Harikrishnan Sivakumar

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