Indian left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed had made his debut for Team India in 2018 Asia Cup under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy while Virat Kohli when rested. On his debut against Hong Kong, Khaleed Ahmed impressed with a three-wicket haul.
Khaleel plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, he finished as their leading wicket-taker in IPL 2019 with 19 wickets in nine matches. Khaleel Ahmed would aim to repeat his amazing form for IPL 2020 which is set to begin on September 19 in the UAE.
Virat Bhai Is Very Aggressive, Rohit Bhai Remains Calm: Khaleel Ahmed
The Indian pacer revealed his experience of playing under different captains — Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. He specified the very opposite persona of both the captains while terming one as aggressive and the other as calm.
“Both Virat bhai and Rohit bhai are different types of captains. Virat bhai is very aggressive. If a batsman hits you for a boundary or six, he will come, show confidence in you and tell you to bowl a bouncer. He will inject energy in you with his aggression,” Khaleel Ahmed told TimesofIndia.com .
“On the other hand, Rohit bhai remains calm. He will come and give you confidence. He will give you the freedom and say you are playing an international match, you know better what to bowl, now go and bowl and dismiss him. I am also aggressive so I love to play under Virat bhai,” he further added.
Virat Kohli Supported Him When He Was Disheartened By A Poor Performance
Khaleel Ahmed recalled Virat Kohli’s extensive support when he was disappointed by a bad performance. He had a great T20 series against Australia which earned him a call up for ODIs. The first match itself he conceded 55 runs off eight overs and India lost the match.
“Virat bhai came to me after that match and said “Khallu, bowl the way you do at nets. Don’t take pressure. You will go a long way,”. He has never scolded me or any player. I didn’t perform well and instead of scolding, he boosted my confidence. He is a champion player and that’s how he treats every player in the team,” Khaleel Ahmed said.
Now, Khaleel will be seen in action for SRH in September. The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the eight teams play in UAE. The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.