Republic World spoke exclusively to former cricketer Zaheer Khan, in an interview on Monday. The cricketer spoke candidly about his time in the Team India setup as well as his early days in the sport. He also shared some of his favourite memories from his career, including the revelation that MS Dhoni had advised him that if nothing was working for him, he should 'pick a fight with someone to get in the zone.'
Broaching more recent developments in the sport, Zaheer Khan also spoke about the 2019 World Cup final, and concurred that it took him a long time to realise that England had won the World Cup - following the super over shenanigans that saw them drawing with New Zealand but grabbing the cup because of a 'boundaries rule'.
"It took a long long time for everyone to come to terms that England had won the World Cup. It was a phenomenal finale, I think we're not gonna witness such a final for a long long time to come. The level of excitement and pressure was of another level, I mean how many times are you gonna witness a super over and that too ending up in a tie," he said.
The cricketer also spoke about his 2003 World Cup heartbreak in the interview. "In 2003, we came very close to winning the World Cup, that was a special World Cup, even though we lost in the finals it was pretty early on in my career, that experience helped me in the long run. In terms of understanding the pressure and what it takes to win a World Cup. In 2011 I got the opportunity to play the World Cup in front of the home crowd and win. So in a way, it was a settlement of sorts that I had a crazy final in 2003 and a crazy final in 2011." the cricketer said.
Zaheer also spoke about the difference between the 2003 Indian Cricket team and the 2019 Indian Cricket Team that is seen today. In his interview, he also revealed that when playing, he liked keeping things under control but if needed he would show aggression. "I started using it (aggression) to my advantage," he said.