No rivalry between me and Pathan, says Youhana

Published: Friday, February 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Middle-order batsman Yousuf Youhana has played down his rivalry with left-arm fast bowler Irfan Pathan which is likely to dominate the forthcoming Pakistan-India series.

"As far as I am concerned, there is no rivalry between me and Irfan but I can't say for him. Yes, he got me a few times when India were in Pakistan but that doesn't mean that the forthcoming series will be a tussle between Yousuf and Irfan," the Pakistan vice-captain said from Lahore.

Youhana became Pathan's bunny last year when the left-armer had the stylish batsman three times in five One-day Internationals, once in Peshawar and twice in Lahore. Later, in two of the five Test innings, Youhana fell to Pathan in the second innings at Multan after hitting 112 and in the second innings in Rawalpindi after scoring 13.

"Like any committed cricketer, Irfan likes to take wickets while I try to make runs. That's our job. Sometimes Irfan will succeed and sometimes I will dominate. I think it should be kept this way instead of labeling the series as a battle between Youhana and Pathan," said the player who averages 47.47 in 56 Tests and 42.19 in 189 One-dayers.

Youhana felt Abdul Razzaq has recently had Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar on more regular basis while Saqlain Mushtaq, during his playing days, made many cricketer his bunny.

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