Kolkata Knight Riders' Yusuf Pathan Only Cricketer to be Part of Three IPL wins

Yusuf Pathan became the only cricketer to have featured in three Indian Premier League triumphs when Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab to win Indian Premier League 2014.

Updated: June 02, 2014 13:28 IST
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Bangalore: His team won the Indian Premier League title for the second time in three years but Kolkata Knight Riders' three-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab had another significant meaning for Yusuf Pathan. The burly T20 veteran became the only player to have featured in three IPL title triumphs - twice with Kolkata (2012 and 2014) and with Rajasthan in the inaugural edition in 2008.

Yusuf hit a crucial 22-ball 36 for his side against Punjab's 199/4. It eventually helped Kolkata go past the finish line with three balls to spare.

"I am very proud of the way the team performed today. I am glad for this win and yes, hope I have made my family proud by being part of an IPL win thrice," he said after the match.

The 31-year-old was one of the most jubilant in the on-field celebrations after Kolkata achieved the target. He however said that he wanted to take his team over the finish line.

"I think I made pulses race when I got out. I could have finished the match earlier," he said.

Yusuf finished the tournament with 268 runs from his 12 innings - an average of 29.77 and with a strike-rate of 162.42. Despite batting in the middle-order, he also managed a fantastic fifty when he smashed 72 off just 22 against Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier in the tournament. It was an innings which would be remembered for long - much like his 'fortunes' in IPL cricket.

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