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“He doesn’t want to end up being someone who struggles his way through to the end”
Legendary India batsman Rahul Dravid has announced that left-arm pace bowler Zaheer Khan needs to start pondering about his international career.
Khan, who recently represented India during their disastrous tour of New Zealand, failed to have much of an impact, except in the second innings of the second Test in Wellington, where he took a five-wicket haul.
Dravid also questioned whether Khan would be able to withstand the hardships of the upcoming five-Test series between India and England.
“Can he survive five Test matches in England? I am not so sure,” Dravid told ESPNcricinfo. “I think it is a question he deeply needs to ask himself. He doesn’t want to end up being someone who struggles his way through to the end. It can be really hard. And we have seen, he struggled to back up time and time again in these two series. So that’s an issue he needs to consider, Indian selectors need to consider.”
Despite his poor performance as of late, Dravid still believes that Khan is “arguably the finest India fast bowler since Kapil Dev”.
“He has been a great bowler for India, arguably the finest India fast bowler since Kapil Dev,” Dravid said. “I would hate to see Zaheer Khan end his career bowling 120-125 kph and limp away from international cricket. He has done a great job to get himself fit for these two series and to be fair, he has bowled well in patches, he has bowled consistently.”
Dravid added that India need to give their spinners more time to get accustomed to overseas conditions as they are all relatively young and inexperienced.
“We will need to show some patience with our spinners, whether it is R Ashwin or whether it’s Jadeja, it’s early days for both in international cricket,” he said. “We have seen some greats of Indian cricket, including Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, take a long time to get used to bowling with a Kookaburra ball in overseas conditions.
“I thought we were a little bit impatient with Ashwin. We haven’t given him as much a run as I would like, so I think there is an opportunity for him to get back into the side and play a few more games. He will only learn if he play more games.”