Zak confident of making a comeback to Team India
Zaheer Khan has made his comeback to competitive cricket and how!
Zak put in a terrific performance with the ball, as he picked up 4/17 against the Chennai Super Kings in a rain curtailed game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday and helped RCB prolong their quest for the elusive playoff spot in the 2013 IPL.
Zaheer, who was out for most part of the ongoing IPL owing to an injury layoff, looked in great form as he had the Chennai batsmen in all sorts of trouble and bowled like he used to in his prime.
So after the match winning performance against Chennai, ‘Zak’, as he is popularly known opened up to ‘IPLT20.com’, you can find the full interview here, about getting back to competitive cricket after injuries, RCB’s young pacer Jaydev Unadkat and of course about his much thought of comeback to Team India!
IPL 2013 is almost about to end and it (the match against Chennai) was only your second game of the tournament so far (Zaheer could not play earlier due to a calf injury), so how do you feel after making a comeback to competitive cricket?
The injury was obviously frustrating for it made me miss out on all the important RCB matches played earlier. But the decision to make a comeback so late into the tournament was purely a mutual one taken by the trainer, physio and me, for it is always better to play cricket after fully recovering from an injury rather than rushing matters and trying to get more playing time.
Fitness wise how are you feeling now?
Much better. Though I still have a long way to go before I attain complete fitness, my long term aim is to put in serious work on my form and fitness levels post the IPL and try and make a comeback to Team India!
Did you mentor the other young pacers while not in action for RCB earlier?
Yes, as a senior member of the team I did guide pacers like Jaydev Unadkat while recovering from my injury, for I always aim to put in 100 percent in whatever I do whether be it on or off the field!
What is your opinion about Unadkat, especially since Wasim Akram has rated him highly?
Unadkat is a player who holds promise and will definitely do well in the future. Though he made his Test debut as a 19 year old in 2010 (against South Africa), he definitely has things looking up for him given the efforts he is putting in currently. When he was initially with the Kolkata Knight Riders (2011), he was still comparatively raw with only little experience of competitive cricket. But his recent stint in First Class cricket has helped him mature as a player, which is evident by his impressive performance in IPL 2013.
Do you think RP Singh can make an India comeback too?
Why not! RP Singh is a key member of the RCB team and has always given us important wickets in crucial matches. The aim for him would be playing more matches and of course concentrate on fitness, which is very important for any fast bowler.
And last but not the least, your views about Virat Kohli as RCB captain?
Virat has matured both as a player and captain and it shows in his recent performances. He lead the team excellently against Chennai on Saturday and this stint as RCB captain will definitely help him in his performances for Team India as well.
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