Zaheer Khan has been one of India's best and premier pacers of all time. After the retirements of Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad, Zaheer took the responsibility and worked in tandem with other talented bowlers of his generation which included the likes of Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Laxmipathy Balaji, S Sreesanth, RP Singh, etc. Zaheer Khan, who was a part of the Indian team that reached two World Cup finals in 2003 and 2011 hung up his boots in 2014. However, he is impressed with India's current fast bowlers who have done well for the country and hoping to take Indian Cricket forward.
In an exclusive interview with Republic World, Zaheer Khan chose the bowler he would pick out of a multi-generational bunch. 'Zak' was asked about some eminent pacers who had represented India in three decades i.e. in the 90s, 2000s and 2010s. However, he was well prepared to give the answer without any hesitation. When asked about the combination of Javagal Srinath-Venkatesh Prasad, himself i.e. Zaheer Khan- Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah-Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Zaheer chose the current pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
"Bumrah for sure. He's been phenomenal and he has improved as a bowler in such a short time. He has got a bright future ahead of him."
"Rest of the names on that list are all done they have played their part and we want the Indian Cricket to do well so it's Jasprit Bumrah", he added as a qualifier, cheekily implying that his pick wasn't absolute and had current factors weighed in.
Heaping praises on Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan spoke about the consistency in Rohit's batting and the phenomenal spell he had in the 2019 World Cup. When asked about the potential captaincy chances for Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan said that there is a time for everything, furthermore, there are authorities to make such decisions.
"He has been very consistent for the Indian team and the World Cup 2019 where he scored five centuries was the Epitome of success." "He has been a special talent and has been putting those nmbers up," he added.
"There is a time for everything and there are people out there to take out those decisions. And we should leave the best decision to them," said Zaheer Khan, answering on the debate over whether India should have different captains for different formats.