Having watched with awe Yusuf Pathan's fireworks that enabled his side finish second in the round robin stage of the IPL 7, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir on Saturday admitted that he had not see such an innings before.
Pathan (72 of 22 balls) plundered seven massive sixes and five fours as he slammed the fastest IPL fifty to propel Kolkata to a four-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad with 34 balls to spare.
Replying to the visitors 160/7, the hosts needed to overhaul the total within 15.2 overs, but thanks to Pathan's blazing knock, they reached 161/6 in only 14.2 overs at the Eden Gardens.
"I have never seen this sort of innings in my career... unbelievable hitting... I can only dream of it, but I saw it in reality," Gambhir said after the match.
"We always wanted to finish it in 15.2 overs, this is what we play cricket for," said Gambhir, whose side will take on Kings XI Punjab in the first qualifier on May 27.
Gambhir, however, conceded that his team did not bowl well in the initial overs, besides dropping some crucial catches.
"But this is not the time to talk about negatives, I have never seen such an innings," he said.