Yusuf Pathan is well known for his hard-hitting abilities. He was the kind of batsmen whose strike rate was given more importance than his batting average. His career-best ODI innings came against New Zealand during an improbable chase at Bengaluru.
Back in 2010, under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir, India had gained an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5-match series against New Zealand. During the fourth match at Bengaluru, India won the toss and chose to bowl. In their allotted quota of 50 overs, New Zealand scored 315-7. James Franklin top-scored with 98* (69) with the help of 12 fours and three sixes. With bowling figures of 9-0-49-3, Yusuf Pathan was the pick of the bowlers for India. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ashish Nehra had picked up couple of wickets each.
Opening the batting for India, Gambhir and Parthiv Patel, provided India with a solid start. However, India lost Gambhir and Virat Kohli within the space of two balls. Yuvraj Singh and Patel fell shortly afterwards, leaving India struggling at 108-4 in 19.3 overs.
Rohit Sharma and Pathan stitched an 80-run partnership to provide some stability to the Indian innings. With Saurabh Tiwary as the new batsman, India required 128 runs in 100 balls. Pathan had already showed signs of brilliance, but, what followed was beyond expectations.
India went on to win the match with seven balls and five wickets to spare. Pathan ended up scoring his maiden ODI century and career-best score, 123* (96), with the help of seven fours and seven sixes. Watch the full video: