India news May 19, 2013

Zaheer eager to regain India spot

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zaheer Khan, the India fast bowler, has said he is eager to reclaim his spot in the Indian team and that he will utilise the time after the IPL to work on his fitness and form. Zaheer was out of action for four-and-a-half months before playing two matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier this week.

"I'm definitely feeling much better but I know I've still got a long way to go," Zaheer told the IPL website. "Post IPL I have to put in some serious work into my fitness and form to reclaim my place in the Indian team. That's what's on my mind right now - I want to use that period after the IPL to get stronger, fitter and improve in all the areas."

India will play the Champions Trophy after the IPL but Zaheer was not included in the squad of 15 for the tournament. Before the IPL, he last played for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy last December in a league game against Gujarat but sustained a calf injury which forced him out of the knockout stages and the Irani Cup.

"I was itching to get back on the field but I always take my time to come back whenever I am injured," Zaheer said. "This time too, I could have played a couple of matches earlier but it's always good to be a game late than coming back too early. That was the thinking between the trainer, physio and me."

On grounds of form and fitness, he had been dropped during the home Test series against England late last year and for the ODIs against Pakistan.

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  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    he is fighter..he will come back stongly..thats for sure..

  • GAURAV on May 21, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    He has to work really hard. We don't need bowler who pulls up his hamstring boling after 4 overs. Was such an Insult to India when it happened on England tour. Sorry mate! You are far away from international fitness and as you have pointed out yourself "Long way to go".

  • Pushpakumara on May 21, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    He is still the best indian fast bowler by far.He still has some years in international cricket and he is miles better than inconsistent young indian fast bowlers like Umesh,Ishant,Dinda,Vinay...Bhuvi hasn't been tested in overseas conditions.These kids should play under guidance of Zaheer another few years till they get matured.Zaheer should be in the side at least in Test and ODI formats.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    I really do not know whether the Team Management will think to reverse their decisions. They started to look future in their mind while selecting the team, therefore players like Zaheer, Harbhajan, Sehwag, Gambhir, etc. will be finding it very hard to come back to the Team. The team management will try to nurture the young talents abundantly available now in India and try to building the team from there. Indians will be extremely thankful for the contribution Zaheer has made to the Indian Cricket Team and we wish him all the best.

  • Karthik on May 21, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    He is a spent force just like Ashish Nehra, RP Singh, Harbajan Singh and soon Irfan Pathan. Thank you, but India need to move on from a toothless leader to at least a decent new ball bowler. Take care and see you in the IPL.

  • Shanmugam on May 20, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    @tony_joe, your post is late only by 2-3 years. Zaheer Khan is almost 35. So, it may be hard for him to make a come back and if he does, that would mean India's young pacement are very poor. Zaheer is a good bowler but I wouldn't rank him alongside Kapil Dev. Agree with everything else you say though.

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    he has already done so much for country . It time for him to retire from International cricket gracefully or he can keep playing IPL or coach youngsters..

  • Unni on May 20, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    The guy has worked hard on his fitness which shows also.Hopefully he will be there in SA