Former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan has announced that he will retire from all the forms of cricket after season ninth of IPL in 2015. Two years on, he has set to lead Delhi Daredevils again in their quest for their maiden title in the Tenth season.
Many years Zaheer did not play any competitive game but believe a shift in roles. As the leader of the bowling group, he will play just supporting role and will help him simplicity into the stress of the shortest format.
The 38-year-old former cricketer Zaheer said “It’s very difficult to not play any match and then to turn up here and play the whole season. I look at it as a challenge. I stick to my routines along with discussion I have had with my trainers and physios.”
“The process remains the same. I picked up the ball around December, got into it slowly and here I am now, ready to take on another IPL season. Every time I get on the field, the excitement comes back.”
“It’s the right dose of cricket for me at this stage of my career. I have supreme fast bowlers who will take the pressure off me. I’m not playing the lead role, but just the support role. I’m playing the role I enjoy the most. This is my way of giving back to the game.”
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Zaheer referred to a ‘supreme fast bowlers’ like Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins, both of them are latest acquisitions and also Mohammed Shami.
Cummins said “It’s good to have a bowling captain for starters. It’s easier to adjust to the T20 format from Tests than the other way round.”
Zaheer expects that the young batting units have an empowered to deliver under a crunch, “We’ve always believed in youngsters and the potential they have. If you look at last season’s squad, you’ve got someone like Karun Nair, who has a triple century at the Test level,” he added.
“Shreyas Iyer has made his mark, he’s part of the Test team. These youngsters are no longer youngsters, they’re seasoned campaigners now. That is the strength of DD this year. You’ve got an Indian batting line-up [also having in their ranks Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant] which is more experienced and know more about of their roles.”
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“The squad is settled. We’re sitting pretty despite JP and Quinton’s unavailability. If you look at all the squads, you will find players who are missing out because of international duties and injuries. We’re prepared for the uncertainties,” said Zaheer.