Zeenews Sports Bureau
Following Brad Haddin’s scathing comment that Indians break under pressure quicker and the batting looks fragile, Zaheer Khan on Tuesday retorted back saying Haddin should focus on his keeping which looks more fragile than ever.
During the pre-match press conference, the left-armer on being asked about the mind games employed by the Australians, particularly after Brad Haddin’s comment replied, “Haddin should focus on his keeping which looks more fragile than ever.”
Keeping the interaction in the lighter vein Zaheer took a dig at Haddin saying he might be appointed by Australia for the mind games as he is doing all the talking for the hosts.
Back in 2007-08, it was in Perth that Team India made a remarkable comeback into Border-Gavaskar series courtesy the fast bowlers. The situation is pretty much similar this time around also and the Indian bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan believes that the pacers can turn it around for India at the WACA.
Speaking to the scribes, Zaheer expressed his confidence in the bowling attack saying that the unit is doing the right things and it is just a matter of time before they start clicking.
Zaheer said, “The bowlers have been doing the right things and we have been able to build pressure on the Australian bowling attack. Sometimes you try all right things yet something doesn’t work. We have been letting go of the momentum and that is a problem we have rectified, and in helpful bowling conditions we are confident of a good show.”
With a backlog of 0-2 going into Perth, Zaheer stressed on the aspect of starting afresh stating, “The Perth Test will start with the scoreline 0-0 and we have to start afresh”.
Talking about his bowling partner Ishant Sharma’s lack of luck with the ball, Zak sounded confident about Ishant’s form with the ball,” Am confident that we would see the old Ishant in Perth, Ishant would have fond memories and he will get back into his rhythm. He has been bowling well and it is just a matter of time before he starts picking up wickets.”
Ishant has so far picked up three wickets in the two matches but for the majority of his 69.3 overs, the lanky pacer had bowled with a lot of intent without any luck.
Speaking about Umesh Yadav, Zak expressed his happiness on the rookie’s success so far in the tour. He said,” It is a good beginning for Umesh. He is taking the responsibility and I am happy that he is getting that kind of freedom. He is a wicket taking bowler and it will take him along way”.
Zaheer did not reveal the possible combination for the Perth Test saying that the decision would be taken by the team management.