Sharma needs to become the spearhead of India’s bowling attack, says Zaheer Khan

"It is time he steps into that role"

“It is time he steps into that role”

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Veteran India pace bowler Zaheer Khan has announced that fellow seamer Ishant Sharma needs to become the spearhead of the national team’s bowling attack.

Khan’s comments come after he was snubbed for India’s tour of England.

“It is Ishant who has played the most number of matches and he has been around for a while,” Khan told ESPNcricinfo. “It is time he steps into that role. For Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] and [Mohammed] Shami, it is their first (England) tour so they will look to Ishant and [bowling coach] Joe Dawes for inputs to perform in those conditions.”

Khan also noted that he was impressed with fast bowler Mohammed Shami since he possessed “very good pace” and complimented Sharma and the rest of the pace attack very well.

“I was also impressed by someone like Mohammed Shami, who was able to perform the pace bowler’s role very nicely,” Khan said. “For a successful bowling unit you require a good fast bowler with very good pace and Shami has that. And that helped me cope with my workload. You do need a balanced bowling attack. You can’t have bowlers with similar styles. It was a perfect combination we had, I felt. Ishant, being a very tall guy, adds that extra bounce on helpful pitches. If conditions are suitable for swing, I come in and also bring the experience.”

The 35-year-old also conceded that he was disappointed at being overlooked for the tour of England.

“That was the whole plan (playing in England),” Khan said. “I have been working towards this tour for the last year. I was focusing on Test matches. Even through the IPL my routines were working towards the England tour. Considering all that it was disappointing to miss out. I just hope that Indian team does well on English soil.”

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