Zaheer Khan international career may have finished after the left-arm spearhead was excluded for the England Test arrangement which initiates from July.
Online PR News – 01-July-2014 – 18 June ,Okhla,New Delhi – Zaheer Khan international career may have finished after the left-arm spearhead was excluded for the England Test arrangement which initiates from July.
The axing of Zaheer Khan is not surprising at all as selectors are looking ahead as far as Team India’s fast bowling is concerned. I know Zaheer has performed extremely well on the previous tours of England but a team can’t rely on past if they want to win matches overseas. Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishwar Pandey are talented enough to make their performance count so instead of blocking one place by retaining Zaheer, it was a wise decision to go to England without him.
Memories of 2011 tour
Zaheer was in tremendous form in 2011. He picked up 21 wickets in the title winning World Cup campaign of Team India and the same was expected from him on the tour of England. He started the first Test match at Lords in the similar fashion picking up two English wickets at the start of the innings but his celebrations were cut short when an unfortunate injury ruled him out of the entire tour. The team led by MS Dhoni couldn’t recover from this loss and was whitewashed in the four-match Test series. Zaheer Khan was recently injured during his IPL campaign with Mumbai Indians but could have recovered before the all important tour of England but selectors were not interested to take any more chances with him as they feared that 2011 was once again on the cards for this Indian maestro.
End of a dream?
Zaheer has achieved what he wanted in the ODIs. He was one of the reasons behind India’s World Cup triumph in 2011. He has played 200 one-day international matches, picking up 282 wickets in the process but it is Test cricket where his dream has come to an abrupt end. The strongly built lad has played 92 Test matches so far and was looking forward to complete a century in this field but the recent rejection from the selectors could mean the end of his career.
Can he script another comeback?
Zaheer is one player who has a habit of proving everyone wrong. He has always made a comeback from the brink of extinction that too in a superb form. His career has been hampered by injuries but this lad has got special ability of recovering every time he was counted out, Will he be able to repeat his magic once again? Can he script another comeback? It is not an easy question to answer this question but if we go by his recent struggles, things are not looking great for him.