Mumbai: Earning a recall for the Asia Cup to be held in Bangladesh (March 11-22) will not satisfy Baroda allrounder Yusuf Pathan. His aim is to cement his place in the Team India squad. "I was hopeful of getting selected and I am relieved.
This call-up will help me improve my skills and consistency as there are a lot of limited overs cricket in the near future - Asia Cup and World Twenty20 in September. So I will have to keep performing to stay in the team," Pathan told MiD DAY.
Pathan felt that the Vijay Hazare Trophy (where he smashed a 114 off 78 deliveries which included 10 sixes against Saurashtra) was a good platform to prove his form and fitness after a two-month injury lay-off.
"You do well in the domestic games and get picked in the India squad. In the domestic one-dayers, I got an opportunity, tried my best and have been rewarded. Now, I am not thinking too much and will approach the Asia Cup in the same manner and style as I normally do," he said.
Pathan, who made his World Cup debut in Dhaka last year, is not worried about the conditions in Bangladesh.
"We played our opening match of the World Cup there and conditions are very similar to India, so that won't be an issue," he said.
The fact that half-brother Irfan also managed to find a place thrilled Yusuf.
"After almost two years, we will be playing together in the Indian side. I spoke to him briefly after the selection. We are happy for each other and so is the entire family," Pathan said.
However, Pathan can't wait to go home and share the joy with his family members.
"I have been out of home for more than two months now (he was in Bangalore's National Cricket Academy for rehabilitation). I will reach home and so will Irfan. We are planning to celebrate the happy moment at home," he said.