NEW DELHI: Indian team management’s fascination for a left-arm pacer in its ranks is well-known but the country’s best ever practitioner of the trade Zaheer Khan feels that one shouldn’t go “crazy or overboard” if the bowler in question is not ready for the challenge.
In the past few years, India have tried a number of left-arm fast bowlers, including Barinder Sran and Jaydev Unadkat, the latest being Mohammed Khaleel, who has been dropped after an indifferent series in New Zealand. “If you have that variation (left-armer’s), it’s certainly an advantage but you don’t have to go crazy about trying to find a left-armer. It is all about contributing to team’s cause. Left-arm pacers are natural talent and you don’t have control over when you will get one,” Zaheer, who is a mentor for the Ferit Cricket Bash (FCB), told PTI on Wednesday.
Khaleel looked completely out of depth in New Zealand, where conditions were conducive for swing bowling and the veteran of 95 Tests feels that the youngster has some catching up to do.