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Zaheer Khan’s presence will benefit Indian fast bowlers: Ravindra Jadeja

Zaheer Khan’s presence will benefit Indian bowlers as his experience on overseas conditions will be vital, believes Indian cricket team all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

cricket Updated: Jul 12, 2017 22:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Zaheer Khan,Ravi Shastri,Ravindra Jadeja
Zaheer Khan’s first assignment as Indian cricket team bowling coach will be the tour to Sri Lanka starting on July 26.(PTI)

Zaheer Khan’s appointment as India bowling coach has come as a relief to the bowlers.

The bowling coach’s job was vacant after Bharat Arun’s contract wasn’t renewed and Anil Kumble was preferred over Ravi Shastri as head coach last year. During his tenure, Kumble had doubled up as bowling coach.

On Tuesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) filled the vacancy as Shastri returned to the team’s fold as head coach.

Ravindra Jadeja, the world’s No 1 bowler and No 2 all-rounder in Test cricket, felt Zaheer’s inputs would help the bowlers. “Zaheer has a lot of experience. Our fast bowlers will benefit from his presence, especially overseas, where he has so much experience,” he said on the sidelines of a contest here on Wednesday.

“The good thing is whatever new experience is added to the team, it is good for us. Hopefully, whoever comes into the team will share their experiences and we will get to learn from them. Cricket is such a sport that you get to learn something from someone every day. I will also try to learn from their experiences by talking to them,” he added when asked about Shastri’s appointment.

Rahul Dravid, who is the India U-19 and ‘A’ coach, has been given the additional responsibility of batting consultant when the India team travels overseas.

Jadeja was unperturbed when asked about the run out of Hardik Pandya in the Champions Trophy final.

Jadeja received flak for running out the in-form Pandya, who was threatening to take the game away from Pakistan at one stage. Jadeja did not respond to a run and the duo was involved in a mix up that ended Pandya’s entertaining 43-ball 76 while chasing Pakistan’s mammoth 338/4.

“The true followers of cricket, ones who understand the game, know this is a part of cricket. It happens in the game. No one does it intentionally. Everyone wants to play for the country, everyone has their dreams. Run outs happen hundreds of times in cricket. I don’t think about it too much. Critics can say what they want. They change their views after every series. I don’t play for them,” said Jadeja.

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 22:34 IST