Modest Yusuf rates Viru, Dhoni as bigger hitters

Published: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 11:56 [IST]
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Yusuf rates Sehwag, Dhoni bigger hitters

Durban: Yusuf Pathan continues to create nightmares to every bowlers in IPL but he is modest about his achievements.

Rajasthan Royals power-hitter rates Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni as bigger hitters in Indian cricket.

"There are bigger strikers of the cricket ball than me - (like) Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. I am just starting out. How can you club me with them? I have a long way to go," said modest Yusuf.

"There are some great players who have better strike-rates. I am happy where I am and would prefer being there," he said.

When asked about his favourite striker in cricket, Yusuf said, "I have always liked watching Matthew Hayden. He has been somebody I have seen a lot. At home, Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are obvious choices.

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"From the old times it has to be (Krish) Srikkanth. I have also heard from people about Salim Durrani. I haven't seen him play but I believe he was very good," he told the official IPL website.

The key Rajasthan Royals player said he wants to stay both modest and hungry for success.

"If you think you have become big, then the hunger dies. The more you are grounded the hungrier you remain. I want to be what they call a 'bhooka sher' (hungry tiger) whose hunger never dies," he said.


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