His ability to score runs quickly - he had the highest strike rate in the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy (min 200 runs) - coupled with impressive performances in the one-day Deodhar Trophy and Twenty20 domestic tournament in the 2006-07 season was rewarded with a spot in India's squad for the inaugural World T20, in South Africa.
Yusuf's impressive showing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in 2008 - 435 runs with four fifties at a strike-rate of 179 - earned him an ODI call-up for the tri-series in Bangladesh and the Asia Cup in Pakistan. He recorded the fastest fifty of the IPL's first season - off 21 balls against Deccan Chargers - and his dazzling all-round show in the final was instrumental in Royals' triumph.
His ODI career hit a peak when he helped India chase 316 with a blistering century against New Zealand in December 2010. He carried his form to South Africa too but could not do the same in the 2011 World Cup and the subsequent tour of the West Indies. At the IPL auctions, though, he remained hot property, snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders for a bumper US$2.1 million.
He has, however, been unable to come up with outstanding performances to be picked for international cricket since March 2012.