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Ravindra Jadeja Backs Zaheer Khan to Help Fast Bowlers Shine

Zaheer Khan.  (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Zaheer Khan. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

With BCCI appointing Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who is also the world's no.1 bowler in Test cricket backed the former Indian spearhead to make a difference in the team.

With BCCI appointing Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who is also the world's no.1 bowler in Test cricket backed the former Indian spearhead to make a difference in the team.

The bowling coach’s job was vacant after Bharat Arun left the position. Anil Kumble was preferred over Ravi Shastri as head coach last year and During his tenure, Kumble had doubled up as bowling coach.

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 an event 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.

Jadeja was criticized for the role he played in Pndya's run out in the Champions Trophy final. In-form Pandya, who was threatening to take the game away from Pakistan at one stage was dismissed rather unluckily when Jadeja did not respond to a run and the duo was involved in a mix up that ended Pandya’s 43-ball 76 while chasing Pakistan’s total.

“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:July 13, 2017, 16:15 IST