Friday, July 22, 2011


Clutching the back of his right thigh before limping off to the dressing room, Zaheer Khan has ensured that more prayers by Indian cricket fans will revolve around the recovery of his hamstring strain than the prospect of Sachin Tendulkar reaching his 100th ton!

Words will never be able to describe fully the kind of loss that Zaheer's injury has imposed on India. It would be futile for me to even try! I'm hoping that his injury is not a very serious one. If the weather forecasts for the Lord's Test hold good, then India should be able to draw this Test even without Zaheer's services. In the mean time, I desperately hope that Zaheer will regain full fitness and be ready for the Tests at Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and The Oval.

Not only would his absence dent India's chances severely, but an unfit Zaheer Khan would take a lot of sheen of this contest. As far as I am concerned, Zaheer Khan is the most skillful bowler involved in this series, and as much as English fans would like to think that James Anderson is better, I still think that Anderson needs another 2-3 years of experience to get to the level that Zaheer bowls at these days!

Here's hoping for a quick recovery for the leader of India's bowling attack!


Soulberry said...

An opportunity lies in this for the likes of Ishant and Praveen to shine. It's a different kind of excitment that...but an excitement nevertheless.

Zaheer is no doubt the cutting edge of India's battack.

Unknown said...

Opportunity indeed! And well seized by Praveen Kumar yesterday!

But in a series as big as this one, it is a pity that we cannot have a full-strength side competing. With Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag in the XI, England would have faced a lot more challenging task!