Nathan Coulter-Nile played for Delhi Daredevils team in IPL 2016 © AFP
Nathan Coulter-Nile played for Delhi Daredevils team in IPL 2016 © AFP

After his Indian Premier League (IPL) season nine experience, Australia‘s Nathan Coulter-Nile has said Zaheer Khan was very helpful during the stint and that if he had met him earlier, it would have been very beneficial. The two players represented Delhi Daredevils (DD) in this season of IPL and Zaheer, being the captain of the team, helped Coulter-Nile with his experience with the ball. Coulter-Nile will next represent Australia in the two forthcoming tours — the Test series in West Indies and the One-Day International series in Sri Lanka. READ: Australia announce squad for Test series against Sri Lanka

Coulter-Nile, talking to cricket.com.au, revealed, “We have team meetings where we pick each other’s brains and I’ve definitely sought his advice for white-ball stuff – I didn’t really have much time to think about Test cricket because I got the call the day I was leaving, but I would’ve if I’d got the opportunity.”

“He was very helpful. I wish I’d had him two years ago so I could talk through different plans and ideas about subcontinental fields and stuff like that. It’s completely different to the Australian way of thinking. It would’ve been nice before going into the (T20) World Cup, but that’s not the way it panned out. Hopefully I can find a bit of form with the white ball (in the West Indies) and take that with me to Sri Lanka.”

Though the experience helped him a lot, Coulter-Nile said he does not take IPL in account as a practice before a Test series. “I don’t really see the IPL as a stepping stone to Test cricket. It’s almost less than ideal playing that much T20 cricket before a red-ball tournament. It’s a lighter load so you’ve really got to train hard because you’re not getting that repetition in; they’re not the loads you want going into Test cricket.”