Zaheer Khan says his approach for every format is different

Zaheer Khan said it is very critical for a bowler to bowl as many overs as he can © AFP

By CricketCountry Staff


Colombo: Jul 29, 2012


India pace spearhead Zaheer Khan opines that preparations for all the three formats of cricket are different and tough as a bowler.


Zaheer said, “It’s tough but in the end, it’s all in the mind. You approach every format differently. Twenty20 is much more dynamic and you need to prepare differently for it. The preparations are completely different for ODIs and Tests.”


“It’s important that I’m bowling fit and stay in touch with the game. As you train in the gym and for your fitness, it is equally important to train with your skills and keep bowling overs,” he said.


The left-arm pacer said it is very critical for a bowler to bowl as many overs as he can.


“For me, it’s worked well when I’m bowling more and more overs. Hence, with 10 Test matches coming at home, this series becomes all the more important,” he stated.


Zaheer being the senior most bowler in the Indian attack is enjoying the role of a mentor and guide to the young bowlers.


“It’s an added responsibility on me and I understand that I’ll have to put in more work in terms of training and performance when it comes to getting those crucial breakthroughs,” he was quoted as saying by BCCI’s official website.


Zaheer said, “Earlier, I had the luxury of having Kumble and Bhajji with me at the other end. Now it’s time that I put my hand up and be prepared to put in that extra work.”


“It has always been (a part of my job) and it’s something that I’ve always enjoyed. It’s good to see guys like Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda and Varun Aaron bowling at a 140-plus speed. That’s what you need to do as a youngster. Later on, as you gain experience, you learn the tricks of the trade,” he added.