Gautam Gambhir believes Zaheer Khan can be a good coach for Team India

Many had doubts over the appointment of Zaheer Khan as Delhi Daredevils’ (DD) skipper this season. DD’s fortunes changed since his appointment as the struggling side now comfortably sits at the No. 2 spot in the IPL points table.

For years, Zaheer has donned the role of bowling captain for Team India. It started under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly, when the skilful Zaheer was asked to mentor the bowlers. Over the years, he has continued to do that. Even for DD in the last season, Zaheer mentored the younger likes of NathanCoulter Nile and Gurinder Sandhu. READ MORE: 6 reasons why Zaheer Khan should be India’s bowling coach

Cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle recently mentioned in a column that Zaheer should be India’s coach. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir, who has played a lot of cricket with Zaheer, endorsed Bhogle’s views and in his column for Hindustan Times, wrote, ” I remember reading one of Harsha Bhogle’s recent columns in which he suggested Zaheer Khan isn’t too far from becoming the coach of the India team. I agree, although I am not sure whether Zak will be overall coach or bowling coach. The man is full of knowledge and skill. Plus, he is someone who prefers to do the job by being in the background.” ALSO READ: Zaheer Khan, Chris Morris and the mystery behind ‘Porcupine’

He further added, “I have known Zak for long to declare that his skills with the ball are par excellence. The way he chokes his victims is exemplary. I am not sure if he is keen given his other engagements, but I won’t look too far if he is interested for the coach’s job.”

Gambhir’s KKR are currently placed in the third position in the points table and will take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) tonight. His side has played Zaheer’s DD twice this season, winning one and losing the second.