Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Pacer Siddharth Kaul credits his success to Zaheer Khan

Punjab pacer Kaul picked up a 6-for against Delhi in the Ranji Trophy.

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Punjab's Siddharth Kaul single-handedly destroyed the Delhi batting line-up as he returned with a figure of 6/32 in 12.5 overs. Out of six wickets, 3 were bowled and one was LBW which gives us a hint of Kaul's line and length. 

Kaul went on to thank Zaheer Khan for his tips, after registering the impressive bowling figure. Delhi was bundled out on just 107 in their home ground on Wednesday.

"These days I am working a lot with Zak Pa (Zaheer Khan). His inputs have made a huge difference in the first three Ranji games. Rohit (Sharma) told me to have a word with him and it has worked wonders for me. Zaheer has truckloads of experience and is such a legend, he knows exactly how to bowl on these wickets and shares his experience fully. I worked with him for four-five days in Mumbai and can already feel a huge difference in my bowling. Besides him, I also take Ashu bhaiya's (Ashish Nehra) feedback regularly," the 28-year-old said.

Kaul said he got to learn a lot by the experienced players of the game. They helped him enhancing his skills.

"Sharing stage with so many big players is always a great experience. Interacting with senior players helps brushing your skills and also gives a fair bit of idea about the important things that need to be done. I know now when I need to be relaxed and when to put in an extra effort. This has really helped me in my career and is the reason behind my comebacks in the national team."

Kaul was part of World Cup winning India U-19 squad which was led by Virat Kohli in 2008. He called him his brother and added that Kohli helps me whenever needed.

However, he said it's MS Dhoni who provides helpful assistance from behind the wickets. "Having played junior cricket with Virat, I know him quite well. He is just like a brother and helps me whenever I need any inputs. But Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) has been of a great help from behind the wickets. I keep on bombarding him with a lot of questions even now. The best thing about him (MSD) is that he tells you to keep things simple instead of trying way too many things. According to him, the style with which a player has got this far and now playing for the country should not be altered overnight. I follow his advice completely."


By Sihyeu Singh - 29 Nov, 2018

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