He missed out on being picked within the Indian Premier League (IPL) public sale going into season 13, however UAE pacer Zahoor Khan has been roped in by Mumbai Indians to bowl on the nets and assist the gamers put together higher for situations on provide within the nation. Talking to ANI, Zahoor — who has completed his quarantine interval and was a part of the nets earlier than MI’s recreation in opposition to RCB on Monday — mentioned that discussing his slower ball method with Jasprit Bumrah has been his largest takeaway from the journey to date. “I’m nonetheless pinching myself. Bumrah requested me how do I handle to bowl the slower ball with a lot dew round. I mentioned my method with him. Think about top-of-the-line bowlers on this planet asking me about adapting to the situations in UAE. The sensation is but to sink in as I by no means anticipated such a factor to occur.”

“In truth, bowling coach Shane Bond and head coach Mahela Jayawardene too favored what they noticed once I hit the nets on the eve of the RCB recreation. Bond was telling me that I ought to share the key of my slower supply with him. These are the little joys that may by no means get replaced. After I shared my method, he turned to our head coach and applauded me,” the bowler smiled.

Zahoor is likely to be bowling within the nets for MI within the IPL, however he has already proven his abilities within the T10 league in Abu Dhabi and the T20 league in Canada and is not any new child on the block.

Curiously, this is not the primary time that Zahoor has shared the nets with Bumrah. He did it even in 2014 when the India pacer was simply taking child steps in direction of stardom.

“We have been on the group dinner after I completed my quarantine and I reminded Bumrah that I had bowled with him on the MI nets in 2014. Would you imagine he remembered it and that introduced a smile to my face,” he mentioned.

Speaking of 2014, Zahoor remembers how Virat Kohli confirmed him that the India skipper is a category aside, and bowling in opposition to him even within the nets generally is a problem.

“I had additionally bowled on the RCB nets in 2014 and had a enjoyable battle with Virat Kohli. Truly, I used to be over-enthusiastic and positioned a slip whereas bowling to him and instructed one other bowler in Punjabi that see how I bowl to him and convey the slips into play. Kohli heard me and mentioned now let’s examine what you bought. The way in which he smashed me far and wide, I can’t begin telling you. However as a scholar of the sport, I realised why he was the perfect within the enterprise,” he revealed.

Relating to being the perfect, MI skipper Rohit Sharma is nearly as good because it will get and Zahoor says what impressed him most is the character of the Mumbai captain.


“First day I stroll into the coaching floor, he’s within the dressing room. So, he sees me and says really feel snug and luxuriate in your self. I present some confidence and ask him if I can sit subsequent to him. He mentioned the entire dressing room was mine and I might sit anyplace I would like. That is what makes you stand out as a human being.”

“Equally, Hardik Bhai (Pandya) got here as much as me and checked on me. Requested me if all was going properly and I might solely smile and thank him for checking on me. It has been an exquisite begin to the journey and I hope to soak up as a lot as I can on this interval from a few of the greatest within the enterprise,” he signed off.

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