Zaheer Khan Feels Virat Kohli’s India is Prepared for the 2019 World Cup
Former Indian National Cricket Team fast bowler Zaheer Khan, who was the part of 2011 World Cup-winning squad, believes Virat Kohli-led Team India is well prepared for the upcoming 2019 World Cup which is scheduled in England and Wales. The opener of the quadrennial event will be held on May 30 between England and South Africa at Kennington Oval in London.
“At this stage also we can say this team is ready,” HT quoted Zaheer.
The 40-year-old Maharashtra-born star Zaheer reiterated the spinners are providing the much-needed impetus to create pressure on the opposition. He added the players are backing each other and the slow-bowlers have done exceedingly well.
“Most of the players pick themselves, even the spinners – numbers suggest that they are the ones who are changing the momentum in the middle overs and putting pressure on the opponents,” Zaheer further added.
Jasprit Bumah impresses Zaheer Khan:
Zaheer, who bowled his heart out during his heydays further, asserted the fast bowlers are doing their job judiciously by picking wickets early on. It eventually allows spinners to tighten the grip. He has also lavished praise on the top-order batsmen who are doing the bulk of a job.
“The fast bowlers are ticking the boxes by picking early wickets and giving spinners the platform to dominate; then you have the top three batsmen who are so consistent,” Zaheer maintained.
While watching Australia, New Zealand series closely, Zaheer admitted the fact that India’s success lies in consistency. Furthermore, he stated that the national team has strong bench strength.
“All in all, the consistency and formula of success is also clearly defined. We have bench strength as well. Looking at the bench strength, you have the likes of Bhuvneshwar [Kumar] and Umesh [Yadav], it is suggestive of the fact that the depth in the line-up has been a factor in making the bowling unit look very good,” Zaheer said.
Zaheer has also set the Australia tour as an example while pointing out the formidable bowling unit has been reaping the rewards. He believes Jasprit Bumrah, is a great learner of the game who eventually sits on the top to shine in all conditions while talking about his stock deliveries.
“It’s great to see Bumrah’s career. He has a great yorker along with a very good slower one, which makes him really good in the shorter format as well. He has the X-factor in him as well, which is the unorthodox action,” Zaheer said.
Zaheer Khan on MS Dhoni:
In addition, Zaheer has heaped praise on MS Dhoni. Zaheer said the veteran batsman would be crucial for the 2019 World Cup. He stated Dhoni knows how to excel in the pressure situations and his inputs would serve as an advantage for the skipper like Kohli.
The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni, who smashed three half-centuries in series Down Under, before kicking off his New Zealand campaign with unbeaten 48. He amassed 193 runs to be adjudged as the Man of the Series.
“Dhoni is not just bringing his game to the table. Pressure plays a big part at the World Cup, and he has vast experience; we can see how active he is behind the wicket as well, sharing inputs with the captain,” Zaheer stated.
Moreover, Zaheer during his international stint had done remarkably well while donning the national colours. He has claimed 282 scalps in 200 ODIs.
Zaheer Khan’s brainchild – The Ferit Cricket Bash:
In the recent past, Zaheer has imparted the knowledge to the young bowlers for Team India. He served as the backbone in the bowling department for being penetrating with the new-ball. So much so, he made things miserable for the batsman with the old ball.
Now, he is focusing on to provide a platform for amateurs. He has kicked off the campaign through his latest invention the Ferit Cricket Bash. He is focusing on to encourage youngsters in the best possible way.
“It is predominantly an amateur league where we are looking to give an organised set up for them to get a feel of how cricket is played professionally,” Zaheer said on his new venture.
Zaheer, who made his international debut in October 2000, bagged 311 scalps in the Test fold. Also, he claimed 17 wickets in 17 Twenty20 Internationals.
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