‘Virat a lot like dada, has made team more expressive’: Zaheer Khan
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: From making debut under Sourav Ganguly to playing under MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, Zaheer is one of the few players to play under the captaincy of all these players.
The former pace bowler believes that there is no doubt that this team under Virat Kohli has one of the best bowling attacks in world cricket and said that the current Indian skipper is very similar to Sourav Ganguly.
“Virat is a lot like dada (Ganguly), he is expressive, bold in his decisions and always pumps the team up through crunch situations. His sublime batting form is always reflective of the way he leads the team on field. I wish to see him lift the World Cup for India one day,” said Khan in an interview to news agency IANS.
“These are exciting times to be a fast bowler in India. The likes of Bumrah, Shami, Ishant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Navdeep Saini among others have proven the fact that the current Indian team is a powerhouse of bowling and it is by far the best bowling attack in the world,” he said.
“It feels fantastic as a fast bowler and I hope they keep putting in the hard work and maintain the rhythm which has seen them achieve results,” he added.
Speaking about the captaincy of Ganguly and Dhoni, Zaheer said, “Sourav made us believe that we can win oversees and inspired us to play with a lot of aggression. Dhoni was calm through tough situations, yet aggressive in his approach. We won the World Cup under him, so it was always very special playing under his leadership.”
He also spoke about Jasprit Bumrah and said that the pacer is ‘extremely talented’.
“I have tracked Jasprit's progress since a very young age. Since his early days with Mumbai Indians, he was extremely talented and I am happy as to how over the years he has been able to nurture himself well and brought out some stellar performances for his team,” he said.
“His awkward action has worked really well for him, I feel he just needs to keep working on his fitness and keep evolving without putting too much pressure on himself,” Khan added.
Talking about Rohit Sharma, Khan said that considering the batsman's current form, it was important to draft him into the XI.
“You can't really keep a player of his caliber out of the playing XI, especially after the kind of form he has shown in the last six months. We will have to wait and see if he has the skills although I have no doubts,” he said.
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