Working with legends like MS Dhoni, Kohli is priceless: Khaleel Ahmed

Working with Legends Like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli is Priceless – Khaleel Ahmed

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MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Khaleel Ahmed has credited stalwarts of Team India for helping him to hold his nerves in the crunch situations of the game. Khaleel has heaped praise on senior-most wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni and skipper Virat Kohli. He believes the duo has played a significant role in shaping up his career. The promising prospect is fresh at the international circuit.

Even though the 21-year-old seamer had an ordinary show in Australia and New Zealand respectively, Dhoni and Kohli had made sure to get the youngster out of any sort of trouble by imparting knowledge between the overs as well.

In the recent past, on similar lines, Dhoni has helped Kohli in setting fielding positions when the latter had stationed himself deep into the field.

Kohli, Dhoni help Khaleel:

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Khaleel has played nine T20Is and eight ODIs to snare 21 scalps. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While playing alongside Dhoni and Kohli, Khaleel stated their effort has helped him to shape up well. He added it’s invaluable to work alongside such impactful players of the contemporary cricket.

“Both of them are always ready to impart valuable input whenever they feel there is a need and also when I am in pressure cooker situation. Working with such legends is priceless,” Khaleel told Times of India.

The Rajasthan bowler Khaleel, who might have looked bleak, however, he has subsequently gained experience to learn a lot from his international stint. He has shared the dressing with senior bowling partners in the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami.

Khaleel maintained he is discussing niceties of the game with Shami including the swing options apart from setting up a batsman.

“I always try to interact with him and learn from his vast experience. Be it nuances of how to extract swing in different conditions. Also, how to read a batsman, I discuss all,” Khaleel said on Shami.

Moreover, Khaleel has been a quick learner of the game. He made his international debut during the Asia Cup 2018 debut while taking on Hong Kong.

Khaleel aims to increase his bowling speed:

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Khaleel has age on his side. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While working on his body, Khaleel has set his entire focus on his fitness.

In addition, he has vowed to improve his game by increasing his bowling speed.

“My focus is on my bowling speed and physical strength and I can say that it is improving,” Khaleel further added.

Adding to it, Khaleel is hope of reaching a summit by leaving a significant mark with his consistent performances.

Recently, he added struggle leads a professional in a certain way that helps him to dominate at one stage.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor