Zaheer Khan was named Mumbai captain for the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 quarter-final match against Maharashtra at the Wankhede Stadium, starting January 8. Zaheer’s inclusion will boost a depleted Mumbai, who have been found struggling this season and there bowling has floundered at times.

Skipper Zaheer was effusive in his praise for Shardul Thakur. ”I am particularly very impressed with Shardul. He has got the pace which is required, at a higher level as well. That is very promising. He is someone we should invest in future and hopefully we will get some good performances out of him,” Zaheer said.


“Shardul being able to bat as well, that is added responsibility on him. He is a good all round prospect I feel,” he added.


The 35-year old also praised Javed Khan and said, “He has got a bit more experience than what Shardul has got. But in terms of raw pace, he has impressed me.” The Indian pace spearhead, who is part of the Test team for the New Zealand tour, said he wants to get more match practice before he leaves.