Asia Cup 2018: Khaleel Ahmed emulates hero Zaheer Khan with figures of 3 for 48

first_imgIndia’s new pace sensation Khaleel Ahmed was highly recommended by Zaheer Khan after the left-arm pace sensation impressed India’s most successful pace bowler in domestic cricket and in the Indian Premier League.India vs Pakistan: Live updatesKhaleel worked with Zaheer during his playing time with Delhi Daredevils and when the lanky pacer was selected for the Asia Cup 2018, Zaheer was extremely pleased.And, he didn’t disappoint on his debut for India and incidentally, Khaleel returned with the same figures as his idol Zaheer against Hong Kong on Tuesday at the Dubai International Stadium.Khaleel returned with figures of 10-0-48-3 as India held onto their nerves to win a close match in their Asia Cup 2018 opener. 18-years-ago, Zaheer also registered figures of 10-0-48-3 on his debut against Kenya in Champions Trophy in 2000.Also read – Dhawan, Khaleel star as India survive Hong Kong scare to reach Super 4Khaleel picked up the wickets of Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan and the all-important wicket of Nizakat Khan, who was all set to score his maiden ODI hundred and take Hong Kong closer to the target.”I was with Zaheer Khan (at Delhi Daredevils). He taught me how to bowl on different pitches, what line and length to bowl to different batsman. He corrected a lot of technical issues also,” said Ahmed earlier in the year.advertisement”I want to retire with a wicket more than Zaheer,” Ahmed had jokingly said on receiving Team India call-up.”He’s a bowler to watch out for. I did work with him closely. He’s a very promising talent but needs to keep working hard. He has the ingredients to develop into a match-winner. It’s now up to him as to how much he can push himself. There’s no doubt he has the potential but will need to keep learning as he climbs the ladder. Fast bowling is very hard work and I’ve told him so,” Zaheer had said earlier in the year.However, Khaleel was dropped for the game against Pakistan on Wednesday as Jasprit Bumrah replaced him in the squad.But, Khaleel’s impressive display against Hong Kong will definitely keep him in the reckoning for the future games in the Asia Cup as well as the series against West Indies and Australia. With the World Cup in less than a year’s time, Khaleel’s addition to the Indian squad will give the side an extra option and dimension going into the World Cup in England and Wales in 2019.last_img

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