Even though he faced the axe due to his wayward bowling display, Khaleel Ahmed is still hopeful of making the final cut to the 15-man squad that will be announced tomorrow. The Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer is banking on the natural left-arm angle that he possesses to get the job done.
Khaleel Ahmed has represented India in eight ODIs and nine T20Is, and although he has impressed in a few matches, his economy rate forced the selectors to get rid of him for the Australia series last month. With Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are certain for the two opening bowling slots, there is contemplation for the third pacer’s spots and that may go to Siddarth Kaul or Khaleel Ahmed if the selectors stick to their words and don’t take the IPL performances into account. Khaleel believes India should go in with a left-arm option in their 2019 World Cup campaign.
“The team will need a left-arm fast bowler in the World Cup. There is no doubt that we have talented right-arm fast bowlers. We have (Jasprit) Bumrah, Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar)
“Selection is not in my hands, but all I want to say is that I am prepared and ready if I get the chance,” Khaleel said.
The pacer from Rajasthan understands that it was his undoing in the New Zealand series which kept him out of the Australia series at home, but he stated that he had the utmost support from the team management.
“If I had performed well against New Zealand, I would have been selected for more matches. That was a good opportunity for me. New Zealand series would have given me a chance in the Australia series,” Khaleel said.
“I have played decent cricket at the international level and I am thankful that I have seniors like Virat (Kohli)
After the failure Down Under, Khaleel had received a phone call from Zaheer Khan, who rang him to tell about his shortcomings and what he needs to do so as to make himself better. Khaleel said it helped him big-time.
“I know I didn’t do well against Australia and New Zealand. Zaheer
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