India news November 25, 2011

Zaheer Khan in Mumbai's Ranji squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

India's fast-bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan has been included in the Mumbai Ranji Trophy squad for the fixture against Orissa to be played in Cuttack from November 29. Zaheer's inclusion was along expected lines, and his participation in India's upcoming tour of Australia will depend upon how his body holds up in the domestic outing. The India selectors sit on November 26, the final day of the home Test series against West Indies, to pick the squad for Australia. Zaheer is expected to "provisionally" figure in that list.

Zaheer injured his right hamstring on the first day of the Lord's Test during the tour of England in July. Though he recovered from that injury, a recurring ankle injury re-surfaced during the practice match against Northampton ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston, forcing Zaheer to abort the series that India eventually lost 4-0.

He underwent ankle surgery and is on the road to peak fitness. In the last month, in addition to his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, Zaheer has been involved in light bowling sessions.

Zaheer pulled out of India's last two tours to Australia after playing just one Test - with a left heel injury in 2007-08 and with hamstring problems in 2003-04.

"I am monitoring my fitness on a day-by-day basis," Zaheer had said on November 20. "It is looking good but I don't want to say much."

Mumbai squad: Wasim Jaffer (capt), Ankit Chavan, Zaheer Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ajit Agarkar, Avishkar Salvi, Ramesh Powar, Hiken Shah, Abhishek Nayar, Nikhil Patil, Suryakumar Yadav, Kaustubh Pawar, Onkar Gurav, Akhil Herwadkar, Iqbal Abdulla

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  • on November 27, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    VITAL COG ,,,, YOU LOST SO MANY MATCHES DUE TO INJURIES ,,,,, THIS IS THE TIME TO BE IN THE TEAM,,, WELL AUSTRALIA IS NOT A GOOD LUCK PLACE FOR ZAHEER UNTIL NOW,,GOT INJURED TWICE,,, ZAK,S PRESENCE ALWAYS LIFT, TEAMS MORALE,,,,, ALL THE VERY BEST,,,,

  • on November 26, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Woot Woot! Iqqi and Zak are my favs here...Best of luck and I hope he plays in Australia!

  • Sachit1979 on November 26, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    ZAK is definitely going to be key for Indian bowling attack. I hope Zak, Praveen, Umesh Yadav and Ashwin would be a good combo to challenge Aussies batting.

  • NizarBalanNizar on November 26, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    I get a feeling that he may just make it. But form is also important. The return is too late to regain his form.

  • on November 25, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Good news, though on expected lines. It's important for Zaheer to regain his full fitness, he'll be absolutely vital for Indian chances in Australia. All the best Zak!

  • Romenevans on November 25, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    I can pay watching Zaheer's reverse swing and Dale Steyn's 150/kph out swinger. Come back hard , ZAK! Desperate to watch him bowl his canny stuff.

  • on November 27, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    VITAL COG ,,,, YOU LOST SO MANY MATCHES DUE TO INJURIES ,,,,, THIS IS THE TIME TO BE IN THE TEAM,,, WELL AUSTRALIA IS NOT A GOOD LUCK PLACE FOR ZAHEER UNTIL NOW,,GOT INJURED TWICE,,, ZAK,S PRESENCE ALWAYS LIFT, TEAMS MORALE,,,,, ALL THE VERY BEST,,,,

  • on November 26, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Woot Woot! Iqqi and Zak are my favs here...Best of luck and I hope he plays in Australia!

  • Sachit1979 on November 26, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    ZAK is definitely going to be key for Indian bowling attack. I hope Zak, Praveen, Umesh Yadav and Ashwin would be a good combo to challenge Aussies batting.

  • NizarBalanNizar on November 26, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    I get a feeling that he may just make it. But form is also important. The return is too late to regain his form.

  • on November 25, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Good news, though on expected lines. It's important for Zaheer to regain his full fitness, he'll be absolutely vital for Indian chances in Australia. All the best Zak!

  • Romenevans on November 25, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    I can pay watching Zaheer's reverse swing and Dale Steyn's 150/kph out swinger. Come back hard , ZAK! Desperate to watch him bowl his canny stuff.

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  • Romenevans on November 25, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    I can pay watching Zaheer's reverse swing and Dale Steyn's 150/kph out swinger. Come back hard , ZAK! Desperate to watch him bowl his canny stuff.

  • on November 25, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Good news, though on expected lines. It's important for Zaheer to regain his full fitness, he'll be absolutely vital for Indian chances in Australia. All the best Zak!

  • NizarBalanNizar on November 26, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    I get a feeling that he may just make it. But form is also important. The return is too late to regain his form.

  • Sachit1979 on November 26, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    ZAK is definitely going to be key for Indian bowling attack. I hope Zak, Praveen, Umesh Yadav and Ashwin would be a good combo to challenge Aussies batting.

  • on November 26, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Woot Woot! Iqqi and Zak are my favs here...Best of luck and I hope he plays in Australia!

  • on November 27, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    VITAL COG ,,,, YOU LOST SO MANY MATCHES DUE TO INJURIES ,,,,, THIS IS THE TIME TO BE IN THE TEAM,,, WELL AUSTRALIA IS NOT A GOOD LUCK PLACE FOR ZAHEER UNTIL NOW,,GOT INJURED TWICE,,, ZAK,S PRESENCE ALWAYS LIFT, TEAMS MORALE,,,,, ALL THE VERY BEST,,,,