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Zaheer Khan : ‘I am open to different roles’

Zaheer Khan is the prime candidate to become Indiaa��s next bowling coach, a spot which has been vacant since BCCI decided to not renew Bharath Aruna��s contract. The former India left-arm pacer said he would think about it if the opportunity came by.


a�?Right now I am focused on what I have it on my plate, like playing the next season of the IPL. I am also spending a lot of energy on my business venture – a fitness chain. Those things are keeping me busy. But I am open to different roles,a�? added Zaheer, who was promoting the Tamil Nadu Premier League.

Zaheer, who captained the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL this season, said that the role of a coach was one of great responsibility even though the playersa�� performances are what mattered.

a�?It doesna��t matter whether the coach is a former bowler or batsman. All that counts is experience,a�? he added.

According to the 37-year-old, Mohammed Shami has all the qualities to spearhead Indiaa��s pace attack.

a�?Ita��s good to see him getting his confidence back. He was away for 8-9 months due to injury and it took a little longer for recovery. And I have always endorsed the idea of playing more matches.

a�?Ita��s good for the bowlers, as they need to find a rhythm,a�? he said.

Contrary to what people believe, Zaheer said that T20 is not only a batsmana��s game. a�?There are a lot of tactical inputs required on the field from a bowler. I believe bowlers are the game changers in T20.

a�?Someone like Mitchell Starc has proved it time and again. Something that never goes wrong in death overs is a good yorker,a�? he said.

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