Pathan's 22-ball 72 blew away Hyderabad as KKR chased down the 161-run target in 14.2 overs to seal the second place in the points table ahead of the playoffs. (BCCI)
Yusuf Pathan's lightning knock of 22-ball 72 blew away Sunrisers Hyderabad as Kolkata Knight Riders chased down the 161-run target in 14.2 overs to seal the second place in the points table ahead of the playoffs.
Visibly happy after his batting performance, Pathan called it his best innings and said he had hit form at the right time.
"It feels great when the ball hits the middle of the bat and travels a long way."
"My hundred for Rajasthan was a good knock but I got run-out and we couldn't win the match, but this time we won, this feels like my best innings."
Pathan, who is often criticised for his failure to live up to the reputation of a big hitter, hit back at his critics after scoring the fastest fifty in the IPL at the Eden Gardens.
His fifty came in just 15 balls to break Adam Gilchrist's record of 17 balls.
"People who criticise me don't know what my ability is and how much hard work I put in. People can say anything they like but I know what I have to achieve, how far I can go and how many runs I can score in an over.
"I have studied before the exams; I back myself because I know how much effort I put in. I don't care what people say about me, they are paid for what they say and I am paid for playing. So what critics are saying doesn't bother me," he said.
With KKR needing to chase down SRH's target of 161 in 15.2 overs, Pathan said the only thing in his mind was to achieve that target and enable his team to qualify for the first qualifiers.
"The only thing in my mind was that we had to score 80 odd runs in six overs so as to come second in the points table. I was only thinking of scoring as much runs as possible to enable my team to reach the second spot which will allow us two opportunities to get into the final," he said.
"Had I got out in the very first ball, you all would been the first to clamour how bad I play," said the allrounder, who got two reprieves, including one in the very first ball he faced.
The 31-year-old's knock was laced with seven sixes and five fours and he dedicated it to his parents, fans and well wishers.
He also expressed his regret of not having team co-owner Shah Rukh Khan cheer at the stadium.
"I am sad that Shah Rukh Khan is not here, he must be busy with his work. But he must be happy watching us win on TV and I hope he is there to cheer us for the final," he said.
(With IANS inputs)