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Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2004, 20:38 [IST]
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Zaheer and Nehra recover well ahead of Pak tour
Wednesday, February 18 2004 15:08 Hrs (IST)

Chennai:Indian medium pacers, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra, who were kept out of competitive cricket for more than a month due to injuries have said that they were fully fit and looking forward to the Pakistan tour.

The left-arm bowlers, who have made it a practice to horn their skills whenever the former Australian speedster Dennis Lillee visited the MRF Pace foundation in Chennai, had their bowling sessions under the watchful eyes of the Aussie.

Both Khan and Nehra told on Wednesday that they were fully fit and they were in Chennai for a few tips from the pace guru. He had been of great help to our bowling and this was their routine trip to the foundation.

"I was not feeling fully comfortable last week. For the last over two years I have been taking, Lillee's advise before a tour. The sessions last evening at the gymnasium and bowling to the advise of Lillee at the nets have made me feel better and I am raring to make the trip to Pakistan, if selected", Khan said.

Nehra said he was concentrating on building techniques to avoid injuries and has recovered from the ankle injury sustained during the recent Australian tour.

"I made a comeback during the Australian tour after being out of action for nearly eight months. I am fit now and always make of Lillee's visit to fine tune myself", Nehra said adding the facilities at MRF pace foundation are good and most importantly, Lillee is considered the best teacher on the art of fast bowling. "His advises have been of great help to me in past and I always look forward to talking to masters like him", he added.

Meanwhile, Lillee told that he had advised the bowlers as to how they could avoid getting injuries. 'I had advised Zaheer to take fewer steps in his run-up and avoid jumping too high before releasing the ball. Nehra needed some changes. He has been asked to be more side-on to avoid putting the load on his legs' the pace guru said.

Khan had sustained a knee injury and then suffered from hamstring problems.

After Javagal Srinath's retirement, the Indian medium pacers have been reportedly suffering from frequent injuries. Lakshmipathy Balaji was picked to make the Australia tour due to injury by Avishkar Salvi of Mumbai and Irfan Pathan and Balaji have shone well on the tour in One-day matches.

T A Sekhar, former Indian bowler, who is the director of coaching of the MRF, said 'it has been the practice of our bowlers to seek advises from Lillee, who has been involved with the foundation since 1987. Both Khan and Nehra would be watched in action by Lillee for another three days.'

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