Zaheer Khan needs express pace to be effective: Fanie de Villiers

Former fast bowling stalwart says comeback man Zaheer Khan's success depends on how fast he bowls in South Africa.

updated: December 02, 2013 16:05 IST
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Mumbai: Fanie de Villiers, the erstwhile South Africa fast bowler, has watched quite a bit of Zaheer Khan ever since the left-arm pacer made his first Test tour to the Rainbow Nation in 2001.

A dozen years later, he is happy that Zaheer has earned a recall to the Indian Test team for the forthcoming two-Test series in South Africa. However, De Villiers is forthright when it comes to analysing the pacer and what it will take to succeed in the Test series. "Zaheer has always been an effective left-arm fast bowler - somebody that any batsman will worry about. (Top-5 Indians to watch out for)

But he has always lacked the express pace of a Dale Steyn and the top guys. I have always believed he can run in quicker. I felt that his approach is not strong and quick enough for him to generate the pace he can generate. If I were his coach, I will get him to make that ball quicker and effective.

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