Gayle on 'hit list' of Zaheer Khan

Published: Thursday, June 11, 2009, 15:23 [IST]
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Zaheer Khan targets Gayle

Nottingham: Pace star Zaheer Khan rates Windies captain Chris Gayle as the major threat when the two teams clash in the World Twenty20 Super Eights on Friday.

"It will be good if we can get early wickets against the West Indies," Zaheer said after his spectacular performance against Ireland on Thursday.

Zaheer, with his 4-19 against Ireland on Wednesday, has rediscovered his rhythm after recovering from a shoulder injury.

"Removing Gayle will be a great advantage for us. I am hopeful because we are clicking as a bowling unit and each bowler understands his role.

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"We are chipping in with wickets at the right time."

India will clash West Indies at Lord's on Friday, followed by the England clash at the same venue on Sunday, before ending the Super Eights against South Africa at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.

Zaheer ignored suggestions the defending champions faced tougher Super Eight matches as compared to the other group which has Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand and Ireland.

"There is no such thing as weak opposition in Twenty20 cricket," he said. "It is such an unpredictable game. Just look at how the Netherlands beat England.

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"Any team on any day can be dangerous. Our focus now is only on the West Indies. We are not looking at England or South Africa yet."


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