Delhi Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan has been helping out young fast bowlers in his team by giving them invaluable tips. The latest to benefit from the former India’s pacer’s knowledge is Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins.
According to TA Sekar, a senior member of Daredevils’ thinktank, Cummins is being coached by Zaheer on how to bowl cutters and slower deliveries more effectively in the shortest format of the game.
“Zaheer is a very intelligent cricketer and his tips have helped bowlers in the past. This time, Cummins has learnt a few things from him. Zaheer is good at bowling those cutters, which are not easy for the batsmen to read,” Sekar said.
“Even Ashish Nehra has started doing what Zaheer has been doing for a long time.The batsmen will prepare to playing for swing but it will be a cutter, which Zaheer does after breaking the wrist and twisting the fingers over the ball,” Sekar, who has been a reputed fast bowling coach, said.
Apart from Cummins, another Aussie Nathan Coulter-Nile and South Africa’s Chris Morris have picked up a few nuances of the game from Zaheer last year. “If you hear Zaheer taking about the game during the bowlers’ meeting, you will know how tactically and technically well he reads the game,” Sekar added.
Last year, England pacer Stuart Broad had revealed how he had learnt a few tricks from Zaheer on how to excel on sub-continent pitches.