The Indian selectors are historically not known to make bold moves, but the present selection committee, headed by Sandeep Patil, has made some daring decisions of late. During its tenure, they have dropped big names like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh (even though Sachin Tendulkar has remained untouched).
Yes, it is too early to make such a statement. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is way too raw to fit into the veteran Zaheer Khan’s shoes. Also, India have another senior bowler, Ishant Sharma, who ideally should take over the mantle of India’s lead paceman, once the left-arm seamer officially calls it quits.
Australia came to India in 2008 with a strong bowling outfit but a weak bowling attack. Unfortunately for skipper Ricky Ponting, his batters did as poorly as the bowlers, as a result of which India got home to a comfortable 2-0 win.
Veteran fast bowler Zaheer Khan has been omitted by Ranji Champions Mumbai from their Irani Cup match on fitness grounds. Zaheer Khan, who had sustained a calf muscle injury during the Ranji season has been recommended three weeks rest.
The game of cricket has a way of making heroes out of players in the most unlikely of ways. Batsmen end up winning games with their bowling and vice versa. On Saturday, New Zealand pulled off the most unlikeliest of ODI wins when they recovered from 140 for 8 to chase down 209.
Yesterday I was flabbergasted to read that the Indian Bowling coach, Joe Dawes, is of the considered view that his bowling unit is on the right track, and that Zaheer Khan is among the top six pacers operating today.