Awana's success a threat to Zaheer's Test future?

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 10:27 [IST]
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Bangalore, Dec 12: Parvinder Awana and Ashok Dinda's recent success suggest that it is the end of road for Zaheer Khan. Having stormed into the Test team replacing the pace spearhead, Delhi pacer Awana is surely a threat to the Baroda pacer.

With an impressive track record in the domestic circuit, Parvinder Awana is likely to make his Test debut against England at Nagpur.

Awana to replace Zaheer in Tests?

Awana has picked 16 wickets in seven innings so far in Ranji Trophy this season and has claimed 131 first-class wickets from 40 matches at an average of 29 which has impressed the selectors.

Moreover, his ability to bowl at 130-140 on a regular basis could have also worked in Awana's favour.

Since Zaheer Khan has had a very bad year with just 15 wickets off 8 Test matches at an average of 49.26 with the best being 3/122 in an innings, his Test future remains bleak.

Though his performance was better than Ishant Sharma in the third Test at Kolkata, selectors' decision to retain Ishant was indeed a hint to Zaheer, as they preferred youngsters.

Moreover, the 34-year-old having claimed 295 wickets in 88 Tests, has not shown any improvement in the last few years which is also hurting as selectors are looking forward to build a young pace attack.

Though Dinda has not been very successful in Ranji Trophy this season, he has had a very good record in the domestic circuit. He has claimed 198 wickets in 55 first-class matches at an average of 30.02 and 8/123 being his best in an innings.

Dinda also awaiting his Test debut, would look forward to play the Nagpur Test in the absence of Zaheer Khan.

With Ishant Sharma also not very impressive it remains to be seen if Dhoni would gamble playing both Dinda and Awana for Zaheer and Ishant in the Nagpur Test.


Story first published:  Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 13:25 [IST]
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