With the possibility of him making an international comeback looks unlikely, Zaheer Khan is ready to step in the world of mentoring and coaching in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Zaheer was bought for four crore by Delhi Darevdevils this season after the left-arm pacer pulled out midway from IPL last year due to an injury while playing for Mumbai Indians. Zaheer believes that IPL will be a step in the right direction.
The 36-year-old veteran has been out of action for a while after playing his last international match against New Zealand in early 2014. According to reports, he will be performing the job of ‘mentoring’ the pacers as the team no longer has the services of former India bowling coach and longtime DD coach Eric Simons.
“When he was bought, Zaheer was clearly told that it’s his experience and knowledge that are valued more. His job is to guide the seamers and take care of strategizing. He will be helping the likes of Mohammad Shami and Jaydev Undakat,” a senior Daredevils official said.
Zaheer is also happy to once again team up with Gary Kirsten, who joined the DD unit in 2013, after a successful World Cup campaign in 2011 as India’s coach. “Gary is a very good coach and we have spent a lot of time together, so I hope that we are able to replicate our success with DD this time around. We know his working style, even he knows what to expect from us. So hope that we combine well this season to turn it around for Delhi this time around,” Zaheer said.