The Yusuf Pathan show on the Eden pitch lasted 22 balls, the Yusuf Pathan show on the dance floor ran all night.
The man Shah Rukh Khan insists is the only “PATHAN” around after his epic 72 against Sunrisers Hyderabad did the star turn again as the pitch shifted to the ITC Sonar, where the men in purple partied till dawn on Sunday in celebration of their top-two finish.
At 2am, a group of KKR fans was still outside the nightclub Dublin, waiting for a glimpse of Yusuf. The invitation-only party had started about an hour earlier and the Knight of the night was already in, having sneaked in through a different entrance around 1am.
In denims and commando cap, Yusuf let go in the company of teammates, friends and some fans, showing off his dance moves with as much relish as he had demolished Dale Steyn.
Brother Irfan Pathan, who ended up on the losing side on Saturday, made his way into the nightclub around 1.45am and was soon shaking a leg with his elder sibling as DJ Jimmy churned out Badtameez Dil.
Yusuf later took to the DJ’s console with teammate Chris Lynn and spent a few minutes churning out dance beats, cheered by everyone else.
Palat, Sunny sunny, Tune maari entriyaan were some of the popular Bolly beats on the playlist but the song that made Lynn, Pat Cummins and Debabrata Das get up on the couch and dance was PSY’s Gangnam Style. Ryan ten Doeschate, looking dapper in a red T-shirt, clicked his teammates in action.
Robin and Narine
Robin Uthappa and Sunil Narine, the orange and purple cap holders, stood near the stairs at one end of the nightclub and seemed to be having fun posing for pictures with fans. SRK’s “Robbie” was seen cutely putting an arm around girlfriend Sheethal Goutham.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir, in his patented black tee and denims, looked relaxed as he made his way through the party at 2am. Soon surrounded by frenzied fans, Gambhir happily obliged their requests for pictures and autographs. Bowling coach Wasim Akram and wife Shaniera joined in the fun before calling it a night around 2.40am.
The music died down at 4am but the Knights and their fans weren’t done for the night! Photo-ops with the Pathans continued in the private section opposite the bar long after the lights came on. Fans who weren’t inside hung around near the lobby, hoping for a glimpse of the cricketers.