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Yusuf Pathan first to win IPL with two teams

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Published: Monday, May 28, 2012, 13:18 [IST]
 
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Yusuf first to win IPL with two teams

Chennai, May 28: All-rounder Yusuf Pathan became the first player to lift the Indian Premier League title with two different teams after his side Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 5 final on Sunday.

Pathan earlier played for the Rajasthan Royals which won the inaugural IPL in 2008.

The 29-year-old credtied Knight Riders maiden IPL triumph to Gautam Gambhir's captaincy and compared it with the leadership qualities of former Rajasthan captain Shane Warne.

"The way Gautam has captained in the last two years, it is comparable to Shane Warne (at Rajasthan). He has supported the players a lot. We have played as a team. We have enjoyed each others' success," said Pathan after Knight Riders beat Super Kings by five wickets here at Chepauk.

Throughout the season Pathan failed to perform upto his standards but scored a crucial 40 against Delhi Daredevils in the first play-off in Pune.

"I got to play the role in the semifinal, today Bisla (Manvinder) and Kallis ( Jacques Kallis) did it. The way Bisla was in and out of the team, he did very well to score those runs," said Pathan referring to Bisla's match-winning knock of 89 and Kallis' 69.

Meanwhile, Kolkata's Laxmipathy Balaji also won the IPL finals with Chennai Super Kings in 2010 but did not feature in the IPL 5 finals due to injury.

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