Zaheer Khan Profile: India’s ‘thinking bowler’ gets a new role
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Sagarika Ghatge is chilling with fiancé cricketer Zaheer Khan in New York. See photo
The appointment of Zaheer Khan as a Indian team’s bowling manager could be a warn for many, though could spin out to be an desirous selection. One of a craftiest pacers a nation has ever produced, Zaheer has been active in a IPL compartment a integrate of months ago. Almost a whole organisation of benefaction Indian bowlers — from Mohd Shami to Umesh Yadav and even some of a spinners — have approached him for counsel, and have returned enriched, mostly with a opposite perspective. While Zaheer competence come opposite as a small detached off a margin and in a approach he speaks, he is concerned and articulate, even funny, in a sauce room. He was to several youngsters, a friend, philosopher and a guide, whose doorway could be knocked during any time of a night. So many so that MS Dhoni once called him a “Sachin of bowling”.
A studious listener, Zaheer’s contemporaries and younger peers would straightforwardly disclose in him. During a India’s winning debate to England in 2007, roughly single-handedly won by Zaheer and his pace-bowling colleagues, both RP Singh and S Sreesanth benefitted extremely from his recommendation and tactical awareness. “Of all a bowlers we have bowled with and oral to, we haven’t seen anyone like him who has a ability to know another player’s essence like Zaheer,” RP Singh once said.
Though he never captained his country, Zaheer was some-more or reduction a de facto bowling captain-cum-coach of a group in a final proviso of his general career. A eternally chirping Zaheer during mid-off/mid-on was a informed sight. Almost after each smoothness he would rush to a bowler, wheeze something and rush behind to his spot.
He has traits that bode good for his uninformed assignment – a inherited believe and bargain of his craft, a healthy charge and passion, a cleverness and guile, and many importantly, his ability to bond with modern-day cricketers and their eclectic demands.
There aren’t too many coaches around, who have profoundly accepted a dynamics of all 3 formats as Zaheer. There certainly isn’t anybody who has played as many T20 matches as him. He has not usually kept a penetrating eye on developments, though has developed with them too. Just like his bowling, wherein he compensated for a miss of gait with crafty use of cutters, slower balls and a knuckle round as his career drifted into a twilight. He so brings a good understanding of unsentimental knowledge and improvisational skill to a game.
The appointment of Zaheer and Rahul Dravid as dilettante batting manager for abroad Tests indicates that a Cricket Advisory Committee and a BCCI are looking during divided assignments after statute a roost during home. Over a two-year reign of a new coaching team, India transport to places like South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia culminating in a 2019 World Cup in a United Kingdom. It augurs good for a team’s prospects that they have on house dual of India’s excellent performers divided from home.
Zaheer’s Delhi Daredevils bowling manager and coach during MRF Pace Foundation, TA Sekhar claims he had realised a left-arm pacer’s care and mentoring skills prolonged ago: “I remember even in those days he used to come to a Pace Foundation for training, he used to coach and give recommendation to a immature trainees there. Dennis (Lillee) used to contend in jokingly that one day he could be my inheritor here.” Maybe, he wasn’t jesting, after all.
At a time when India’s quick bowling resources are richer than ever, they have someone who can drive them to new heights.