From Tonk to Team India – Khaleel Ahmed’s Rise Through the Ranks

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Saturday, September 1 2018 will now be inscribed in Khaleel Ahmed’s reminiscences for the remainder of his life. The tall paceman from Tonk, a small city in Rajasthan, was the one new face within the 16-man India squad introduced by the MSK Prasad-led choice panel for the upcoming Asia Cup that in UAE.Tuesday, September 18 might be a good higher reminiscence, for that is when Khaleel acquired his maiden India cap – from Rohit Sharma – of their Asia Cup sport towards Hong Kong.

Khaleel, 20, has already made a reputation for himself in age-group cricket and home circuit, particularly within the limited-overs format. The left-arm pacer, who is thought to generate some critical tempo, has been in selectors’ radar for nearly a 12 months now. Whereas the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal type a vigorous bowling assault, Indian captain Virat Kohli and Prasad have been fairly vocal in regards to the requirement of a left-arm pacer within the ODI setup. Khaleel has an opportunity to additionally push his case for the 2019 World Cup.

“Two to 3 slots we’re but to finalise, so for these slots we are attempting and we’ll take a look at these 24 matches (within the lead-up to the World Cup. You may come to know the slots extra particularly as we go forward … Amongst these, a type of seamers’ slots is open. We’re a left-arm choice in Khaleel,” chief selector Prasad informed reporters after making the announcement.

Khaleel is likely one of the many merchandise of the Rahul Dravid college. He idolises inarguably India’s finest left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan, and in addition featured within the 2016 Beneath-19 World Cup.

As he will get his worldwide profession rolling, we take a look at among the details in regards to the quick bowler.

Early days

His father is a compounder in a clinic, however medicines by no means intrigued Khaleel. Hailing from a city referred to as Tonk, 60 miles to the south of Jaipur, Khaleel learnt the artwork of bowling quick by enjoying tennis-ball cricket. He represented Rajasthan on the Beneath-16 and Beneath-19 ranges however solely began to take the sport critically when he was named within the India Beneath-19 squad for the 2016 World Cup.

Mediocre World Cup

Khaleel got here into the World Cup with seven wickets in simply two video games of the Tri-Nation Beneath-19 match, additionally involving Sri Lanka and England, in Colombo. Nevertheless, he failed to increase that wicket-taking type within the World Cup though he featured in all of the matches. In six encounters, he solely managed three wickets at 56.66 as India misplaced to West Indies within the closing.

Idolises Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid

There’s not a single interview of Khaleel the place he hasn’t talked about in regards to the respect and love he has for each Zaheer and Dravid. Being a left-armer, Khaleel grew up idolising Zaheer and in addition has an identical soar and run up whereas main into the supply stride. He has additionally labored carefully with Dravid through the years, each with the Beneath-19 and ‘A’ facet. In 2016, he was purchased by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 10 lakh and started working below the steering of Dravid as soon as once more, and Zaheer. Other than engaged on numerous technical features, the previous Indian pacer additionally performed a key position in creating the mindset and confidence of the younger pacer.

In an interview with Instances of India, Zaheer had stated Khaleel has all of the components to grow to be a match-winner for India, offered he retains working laborious.

Match that surged his profession

His efficiency within the 2018 Syed Mushtaq Ali made everybody sit up and take discover. He scalped 17 wickets in 10 video games at a formidable common of 15.52 and economic system charge of 6.77, and completed the match because the second highest wicket-taker. He bowled with tempo and in one of many video games additionally clocked 148 km/hr. He performed a key position in serving to Rajasthan qualify for the ultimate the place they misplaced to Delhi.

He additionally made his first-class and Checklist A debut within the 2017-18 season. He has featured in simply two four-day video games for the state however was extremely spectacular within the Vijay Hazare Trophy the place he picked up 10 wickets from six video games. His efficiency within the limited-overs competitions was sufficient to earn him an IPL deal.

Profitable IPL contract

Khaleel went into the public sale with a base value of Rs 20 lakh which quickly upgraded to Rs Three crore, with Sunrisers Hyderabad overpowering Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils within the biddling course of. Nevertheless, he simply performed one sport within the season the place he was taken out for 38 runs. He did handle to spend some high quality time with worldwide gamers and coaches which solely improved his sport.

Starring for India A

By the top of the final season it was fairly evident that the selectors had their eyes glued on Khaleel. Within the 9 limited-overs matches that he has performed for the ‘A’ staff, Khaleel has taken 15 wickets. He by no means went wicketless in these 9 video games. He was a part of the India A limited-overs squad that toured England in June-July, and in addition featured within the lately concluded quadrangular collection. Enjoying for India A, he managed seven wickets in 4 matches at a mean of 17.

First Revealed: September 18, 2018, 3:05 PM IST


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