Zaheer: I'm a big fan of Donald

Published: Saturday, May 2, 2009, 14:56 [IST]
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I am a big fan of Donald, says Donald

Durban: Zaheer Khan, master swing bowler of moder era says that he has put in a lot of hard work and thinking in his bowling.

"I think I have started putting in a lot of thought into my bowling. All that I am focused is on bowling according to the team's plan," he told IPL's official website.

"... These days, when I am bowling I feel as if I am meditating," said Zaheer who leads Mumbai Indians bowling in the IPL's second season.

Zaheer Khan who maintains a top form in the past few years has played a big role in India's success, but a modest Zaheer said his achievements have not reached the levels where it could be compared to Pakistan legend Wasim Akram.

"I am not looking at it that way. When I play a match, I want to be fit. So far it has been very good and I am very happy with my progress. But I still feel that I am ways off from being compared to Wasim Akram." Talking about his bowling the 30-year-old Zaheer said, "It was Dennis Lillee who inspired me the most. I was fortunate to work under him at the MRF Pace Academy. It's been fun watching all the other bowlers like Akram, Richard Hadlee and Glenn McGrath. And I have been a big fan of Allan Donald also."

Zaheer Khan was full of praise for the  other members of pace club of Indian team. "It's wonderful to see Ishant Sharma, RP Singh and Munaf Patel grow as fast bowlers. We definitely have a very strong back-up of pacers in India. It is good to see people raising their hands, taking responsibility and performing." Zaheer said he should count himself lucky for escaping getting spanked by the in-form duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya as all play for the same team.

"I should thank my stars. Both are legends and together they are a deadly combination. Our openers must be giving nightmares to a number of teams in the tournament," he said.

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