Zaheer Khan, the recently delegated as Director of cricket operations for Mumbai Indians, trusts that his previous Indian team partner Yuvraj Singh will give significant “experience” to the team middle order
Yuvraj was choosed by Mumbai indians at his base cost of Rs.1 crore after he had gone unsold in the first round of offering at the IPL sell off in Jaipur on Tuesday. The 37-year old has been in poor form generally on the domestic circuit and was discharged inti the aution by Kings XI Punjab following a disappointing season a year ago.
“We constantly needed an accomplished middle order batsman to manage our team,” Zaheer told Cricket Next on the sidelines of dispatch of Ferit Cricket Bash, an alliance for beginner cricketers.
“That is the reason we were bidding aggressively for Hanuma Vihari also, who has a lot of domestic experience . Yuvraj gave us best of everything. He accompanies huge experience and is an overwhelming T20 batsman too. Along these lines, I think we made an incredible interest in him.”
Other than Yuvraj, Mumbai purchased four different players at the bartering to shore up their officially considerable squad — Barinder Singh Sran (Rs 3.4 crores), Lasith Malinga (Rs 2 crores), Anmolpreet Singh (Rs 80 lakh), Pankaj Jaswal (Rs 20 lakh) and Rasikh Dar (Rs 20 lakh).
“We were clear what we required from the auction,” Zaheer clarified. “Mumbai Indians needed to construct a squad that could win them a title once more. (Lasith) Malinga assumed the job of mentor for us a year ago however he is as yet the most astounding wicket taker in IPL. When we discovered he was in frame and knocking down some pins well, it was anything but difficult to pick Malinga to lead our team as well as tutor the youthful bowlers.”
Zaheer, who turned out in 92 Tests and 200 ODIs for India, is likewise amped up for his new job with the establishment, having played beforehand for them for three seasons. Having finished his playing vocation after last season’s IPL, Zaheer is additionally anxious to be all the more effectively associated with instructing.
“I have dependably felt that I should be close to the cricket since the day that I resigned. I have a ton to offer to the youthful cricketers — both beginner and expert — as a mentor and guide,” the40-year-old said. “I am certainly open to taking up a mentor’s activity. That is the reason I have taken up this post with Mumbai Indians. It is my method for finding my way into cricket training.”