Zaheer hoping Ishant can continue to have an impact in ongoing Test series against England

"He has been on top of his game and it is always frustrating when you get injury of that magnitude when the team needs you most"

“He has been on top of his game and it is always frustrating when you get injury of that magnitude when the team needs you most”

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India left-arm pace bowler Zaheer Khan has announced that he is hoping fellow seamer Ishant Sharma can continue to have an impact in the ongoing Test series against England.

Sharma, who took a career-best 7-74 in the second innings of the second Test at Lord’s, was sidelined for the third Test in Southampton due to a sore leg.

“I hope it (Ishant’s injury) is not serious and he still can contribute in the series. These things keep happening and it is nothing that he did wrong but it just happened, so he has to deal with it,” Khan said. “I hope the matter is not that serious. It also depends on what kind of injury you are going through. Some injuries you can play with but some injuries you have no option but to sit out.

“He is the man in form. He has had a brilliant last Test match. He has been on top of his game and it is always frustrating when you get injury of that magnitude when the team needs you most. It is frustrating but as an athlete, you have to take things in your stride and do the right things.”

It is through his own struggles with injuries that Khan has decided to launch ProSport, which aims help professional athletes with their fitness.

Khan has already managed to secure the services of physiotherapist Andrew Leipus and strength and conditioning expert Adrian Le Roux.

“It is something linked to my cricket as well,” he said. “I have spent enough time in terms of fitness and injury management which is crucial for any fast bowler, or any athlete for that matter. The thought of ProSport has been there for a long time.

“Every time you get injured you end up going abroad for expert advice or for expert help. Just recently, I went abroad for my fitness regime and I thought if I can get the experts here, I can give people that kind of access which will help a lot of guys understand and educate them and guide them on what sport-specific fitness can offer.”

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