Ahmedabad:Rajasthan Royals batsman Yusuf Pathan on Friday accused Andrew Symonds of sledging him during an Indian Premier League match here and said the Australian's behaviour made him more determined to go for big shots against Deccan Chargers bowlers here on Friday.
Yusuf smashed Deccan bowlers to all parts of the ground to score a quickfire unbeaten 74 to power Rajasthan to a eight-wicket win over the Hyderabad side.
Soon after guiding his side home, Yusuf said Deccan Chargers' all-rounder Symonds sledged him while he came out to bat.
"It inspires you makes you more determined when a opposition player sledges you. When I went in to bat today, Symonds exchanged a few words and and it made me more determined to score runs," Yusuf said after the match.
During his 34-ball unbeayen innings, Yusuf big hitting skills were on full display as he hit as many as eight sixes and two fours.
"I batted well. My mummy papa (mom-father) have been coming for the last two games and I am happy that I scored some runs for them today. The ball was coming nicely on to the bat," the dangerous right-hander, who was selected in India's Twenty20 World Cup squad on Friday, said.