Although India's poor bowling performance against New Zealand in the recently concluded Test match series drew criticism from most former cricketers including Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, one of Pakistan's most celebrated cricketers, Wasim Akram has come out in support of veteran pace bowler Zaheer Khan, saying that his experience will be key in helping develop new fast bowlers in MS Dhoni's side.
Akram said that the role of senior players like Zaheer was crucial in the Indian side, as he could help young bowlers in difficult situations. "Other than taking wickets Zaheer's responsibility should help make one or two good fast bowlers before he exits cricket," the former Pakistan bowler told ESPNCricinfo. (Read more)
Thirty-five-year-old Zaheer was expected to be the key bowler for India in both the South Africa and New Zealand tours considering his experience but he could not make much of an impact and the Indian bowling attack clearly lacked motivation. In the four Tests since returning to the side, Zaheer has taken 16 wickets including a five-wicket haul in the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington.