Zaheer Khan – average record belies his class

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Zaheer me nowZaheer Khan deserves better than 2-36 and we won’t begrudge him if he gets more wickets. There are talented bowlers out there who have unflattering career records and Zaheer’s one of them.

It seems wrong to watch a bowler unveil such a range of skills and then see that he’s averaging 34. Zaheer’s had a couple of mediocre patches in his career and he has to bowl on Indian pitches half the time, but he deserves a bowling average that inspires more respect.

He swung England a new one with the new one when India toured England and he’ll swing them a new one with the old one this series. He’ll get two or three wickets an innings, bowl inspired spells for no reward and then Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag will match his figures on the last day and overshadow him.


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  1. Its unfortunate, he has been quite brilliant over the last year or two.

    It would be a shame if he ends his career without a sub 30 avg. Maybe his golden years are to come. With Ishant he has an ideal partner.

  2. Maybe it’s time the fielders in the slips stopped rubbing butter on their chapped fingers innit?

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