Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 17th 2015 Contents Zaheer Khan termed the faith
reposed in him by teams at the
IPL auction "amazing," despite
being sidelined from interna-
tional cricket for a year. Zaheer
last played a competitive fixture
in May 2014, in the IPL, before
he was ruled out by a tendon
injury in his bowling arm.
After going unsold the first time
his name came up in the auction,
there was frenetic bidding
between Delhi Daredevils and
Mumbai Indians in the second
round, and Zaheer was eventually
picked up by Daredevils for a
whopping Rs 4 crore ($660,000),
making him the fourth-highest
earner in the auction.
"It was amazing that two teams
showed such faith in me," Zaheer
told ESPNcricinfo. "Frankly, I was
a bit concerned about how people
would look at me, as I was com-
pletely out of the game for a long
time. It [being picked] is an
added responsibility on me."
Zaheer said it was easier for him to
pick the T20 format over first-class
cricket, having been away from the field
for so long. "The reason I stayed away
from Ranji Trophy this season was
because of the workload," he said.
"(Playing the longer format) was still
seven-eight weeks away. (But) I knew
I could bowl four overs, and contribute
in other ways in an IPL team by helping
out younger bowlers. I don t want my
last memory to be one of walking off
the field injured."
Zaheer also said he knew Mumbai
would bid for him. "Obviously I was a
part of Mumbai Indians, and I have
been in touch with their management
during my injury. They knew my status,
and they really wanted me to be there.
Surely it wasn t a surprise that they
went for me."
Playing under Gary Kirsten and TA
Sekhar in the Daredevils set-up, Zaheer
said, was something he was looking
forward to. "Gary has seen me for a
long time, and so has Mr. Sekhar. It
will be great to work with them," he
Zaheer was first ruled out IPL 2014
with a muscle strain, his left latissimus
dorsi muscle, after which he said he
was unlikely to be fit for the Champions
League T20 in September. The long
lay-off has helped Zaheer get up to date
with some of his other interests.
"Injuries do bring something. I started
this new venture called ProSport which
is mainly an injuries and rehabilitation
centre," he said. "This injury was very
different. I was aiming to play CLT20,
but I got injured in May. It was very
frustrating to be injured with the World
Cup around the corner. I was hoping
to do the right things, but my body was
not responding. You got to listen to
your body. If you are not ready, you are
Zaheer, however, is not inclined to
stop playing the longer formats. "I just
basically want to start playing again.
Things are looking good, and hopefully
they will stay that way."
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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IPL 2015 NEWS
Amazing that two
Price: Rs 16 crore (US $2.67 million)
Delhi Daredevils, 2015
Having released their big names before the
auction, Delhi Daredevils had the largest
purse. They invested a big chunk of that on
Yuvraj Singh as they searched for a player
who could be the face of the franchise. He
may be out of favour with the national
selectors, but is still clearly a favourite
among IPL franchises.
Price: Rs 14 crore ($2.33 million)
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2014
Yuvraj's 2015 deal broke his own record
from last year, when Royal Challengers
Bangalore sunk a huge sum on him despite
already having a superstar trio of Virat
Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers in their
Price: Rs 12.5 crore ($2.08 million)
Delhi Daredevils, 2014
Dinesh Karthik, who has been in and out of
the India team, enjoyed stints with Kings XI
Punjab, Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai
Indians in the IPL.
Price: Rs 10.5 crore ($1.75 million)
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2015
After releasing Yuvraj before the auction,
Royal Challengers chased Yuvraj again in
2015, but were beaten to the prize by
Daredevils. Their second option for a
marquee buy was Karthik, whom they
secured for 10.5 crores. Royal Challengers
have another wicketkeeper-batsman in
their side---AB de Villiers.
Price: Rs 11.04 crore ($ 2.4 million)
Kolkata Knight Riders, 2011
After being released by Daredevils in 2011,
Gambhir was bought by Kolkata Knight
Riders for Rs 11.04 crores and has
captained the team to two IPL trophies
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