IPL 2020: UAE Pacer discusses sharing bowling technique with Jasprit Bumrah

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He missed being selected in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction entering Season 13, but UAE pacer Zahoor Khan has been brought in by Mumbai Indians to bowl to the nets and help the players better prepare for the conditions offered in the country. . Speaking with ANI, Zahoor – who ended his quarantine period and was part of the nets for MI’s game against RCB on Monday – said that discussing his slower ball technique with Jasprit Bumrah was his biggest takeaway of the trip to date. “I’m still pinching myself. Bumrah asked me how I manage to throw the slower ball around with so much dew. I discussed my technique with him. Imagine one of the best bowlers in the world asking me. to adapt to the circumstances in the UAE. The feeling has yet to sink in, as I never expected something like this to happen. “

In fact, bowling coach Shane Bond and head coach Mahela Jayawardene also loved what they saw when I hit the nets on the eve of the RCB match. Bond told me to share the secret to my slower delivery with him. that can never be replaced. After I shared my technique, he turned to our head coach and applauded me, “the bowler smiled.

Zahoor may bowl in the nets for MI in the IPL, but he has already shown his skills in the T10 competition in Abu Dhabi and the T20 competition in Canada and is no newcomer.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Zahoor has shared the nets with Bumrah. He even did it in 2014 when the India pacemaker just took baby steps to stardom.

“We were at the team dinner after I finished my quarantine and I reminded Bumrah that I had thrown him into the MI nets with him in 2014. Would you believe he remembered and that brought a smile to my face,” said he.

Talking about 2014, Zahoor recalls how Virat Kohli showed him that the Indian skipper is in a league of his own, and bowling against him, even in the nets, can be challenging.

“I had also thrown at the RCB nets in 2014 and had a nice fight with Virat Kohli. Actually, I was over enthusiastic and put a slip on him while bowling and another bowler in Punjabi told me that I watch him bowl. and bring the slips into play Kohli heard me and said let’s see what you got The way he hit me all over I can’t begin to tell you But as a student of the game I realized why he got the was best in business, ”he revealed.

When it comes to being the best, MI skipper Rohit Sharma is as good as it gets and Zahoor says what impressed him the most is the nature of the Mumbai captain.

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“The first day I walk into the training area, he’s in the locker room. So he sees me and says, feel comfortable and enjoy. I show some confidence and ask him if I can sit next to him. He said the whole dressing. My room was mine and I could sit anywhere I wanted. This is what makes you stand out as a human being. “

Likewise, Hardik Bhai (Pandya) came up to me and checked me out. Asked me if everything was going well and I could only smile and thank him for checking me out. It was a great start to the journey and I hope that absorb as much as possible during this period of some of the best in the industry, ”he concluded.

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