Zaheer Khan, the X-factor of the India’s World Cup winning campaign in 2011, said that he wasn’t shocked at all after being snubbed from the 30 probables for the World Cup 2015. Zaheer, alongwith Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh faced the axe because of inconsistent form and injuries.
Zaheer didn’t played cricket at all ever since he injured his shoulder in the last season of IPL in May. He was expected to make a comeback in the Champions League T20 (that was held in October), but his injury aggravated which forced to miss the Vijay Hazare Trophy (held in November).
During an interview with mid-day, Zaheer was quoted in saying:
“I was not really shocked. The biggest shocker for me was that I was targeting Champions League T20 (in October). That did not happen. My next target was to play some club matches or Ranji Trophy, but I am still not there which is a concern. So, World Cup was too short a time (to recover) to play at the highest level. My main aim is to be fully fit and start playing.
“This injury is very rare to happen to a cricketer. That is why I am being patient. I want to make sure I am 110 per cent fit, otherwise there is no point getting on to the field. Till the time I am not convinced of doing justice to what I have to offer as a bowler, I am going to take my time. Once I tick all the boxes, I will then start working on my goals. At the moment my aim is to get match fit.”
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