Zaheer Khan will look to lead Delhi Daredevils to their maiden IPL title © IANS
Zaheer Khan will look to lead Delhi Daredevils to their maiden IPL title © IANS

New Delhi: Former India fast bowling great Zaheer Khan feels that Indian Premier League (IPL) should not be used as a yardstick to select bowlers for the rigours of Test cricket and also One-Day Internationals (ODIs) as they require different skills set. The 37-year-old, who has 311 Test and 282 ODI wickets, made it clear that for Test series bowlers should be picked according to the conditions and opposition. “I think it has to go format wise. T20 format is hugely different from ODI format and so is ODI different from Test matches. I think when you judge players in T20 format, it should be based only on T20 performances,” said Zaheer, who would be playing his final IPL season for the Delhi Daredevils (DD). READ: IPL 2016: Zaheer Khan appointed as captain of Delhi Daredevils

One of the finest exponents of reverse swing bowling, Zaheer said that four overs in T20 is completely different from bowling “18 overs a day” in Test match scenario. “In terms of higher level selection, it all depends what kind of series we are playing. If it’s a Test series we have to look at bowlers differently. It is completely different bowling four overs in T20 to bowling 18 overs a day in Test match scenario and looking to get wickets.”

Ashish Nehra’s performance has been a revelation and Zaheer said that his former new ball partner’s show has motivated him to keep training. However, watching Nehra make an international comeback at 37, Zaheer said that he doesn’t regret his decision to retire. “I am very happy with my decision and I am sticking to that. I am very happy to see Ashish Nehra do well. In fact, he has motivated me quite a lot to get back to training. I was very clear about walking away from international cricket. I am just happy to play this form of cricket. You kind of give it back while guiding the youngsters. This is something that I enjoy,” said Zaheer. READ: India have a new youngster in Ashish Nehra: Zaheer Khan

Daredevils have been the perennial wooden spooners in the IPL and the wily seamer said that he knows how to “deliver in right areas but can’t promise anything”. “I am not going to promise anything. I will focus on the ‘delivery’, just hit the right area and things should take care of itself,” a smiling Zaheer gave a tongue-in-cheek reply.

Questioned on what will be his role as a captain as well as bowling coach at DD, he said it won’t be much different. “It’s pretty much simple, what I do on the field. Nothing is going to change. It’s just about managing a bigger group of players. In international teams, you pick 15 players and in IPL you have a bigger group of 24 players. It also reflects on travelling. It is a big group and we would be looking forward towards enjoying the journey. Hope this energy translates into performance young energy. We should perform like true Daredevils.” Delhi Daredevils (DD) in IPL 2016: Know your team

Zaheer hoped that both him and ‘Mentor’ Rahul Dravid are eyeing to give back something to the game. “It’s a great responsibility and a great challenge I would say, something to look forward to. Squad is full of youngsters. My opportunity top give back to the game. Rahul [Dravid] also looks at it in the same fashion. He has worked with U-19 boys and enjoys the responsibility connected to cricket. Important that we transform everything on the field,” said Zaheer.