Felix Austin | cricket20
Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar was full of praise for Yusuf Pathan who almost single handily won the game for the Rajasthan Royals in the space of 37 stunning delivers.
"Yusuf played a special innings. It was an equally special effort too to end it. Sathish showed good presence of mind" said Tendulkar.
Pathan used all his power to smash 9 fours and an amazing 8 sixes in one of the finest innings the IPL had ever seen.
"Just before he came to bat it looked like we would romp home easily but I knew Pathan was in good form and if he got going he could spell danger and told my team-mates that they should not afford to relax" said Tendulkar.
"We had planned to have Zaheer and Malinga bowl the last four overs, but the way Pathan went I had to give them an over each in the middle which left them to bowl only one over at the end.
"Harbhajan Singh's injury was unfortunate as we lost a bowler who could bowl four overs well. We had to make up for it by using others" he said.
Tendulkar also praised Ambati Rayudu and Saurav Tiwary who enyojed a 5th wicket partnership of 110 which helped the Indians post their highest ever IPL score.
"Both of them batted very well and more importantly stayed almost till the end. Both are talented players" he said.
"Tiwary was with us last year too. It was Rayudu's first game for us. I had heard about him and his exploits as an India under-19 player" he added.