Undergoes remedial work at the MRF Pace Academy July 1, 2004

Zaheer corrects bowling action

Wisden Cricinfo staff



Zaheer Khan: On the comeback trail © Getty Images

Zaheer Khan has finally sorted out his action at the MRF Pace Academy, guided by a world-renowned bio-mechanics expert who assisted him with tips about injury prevention. Press Trust of India reported that according to Dr David John, the expert, the minor changes Zaheer made to his action helped him bowl faster and without pain during match situations simulated at the academy.

Zaheer's injuries and niggles had become a source of worry for the Indian team, who have required him to spearhead the bowling attack. But during the sessions with Dr John, his bowling action was scrutinised and his run-up dissected. John said, "He was not making any good use of his front arm by jumping high in the air, which translates more power on his front leg." He added that Zaheer's previous action resulted in his muscles coming under a lot more stress.

The news, if true, will come as welcome relief for India, who need all the fit bowlers they can get before the start of the new season. Last season, the main bowlers were constantly hampered by injuries, and India were fortunate that Irfan Pathan and Lakshmipathy Balaji filled in admirably.