Recovering from a muscle injury, veteran pacer Zaheer Khan is eyeing a comeback to competitive cricket for Mumbai Indians during Champions League T20 in early October, even though he was non-commital about his chances of making it to the World Cup squad in 2015.
“The World Cup is a special tournament and it is everyone’s dream to be part of the Indian team. But it is still a long way away. Right now, am I fit to bowl? I am not. Things will unfold for me. The Champions League T20 is the first step towards proving I am fit and on top of my game,” the 35-year-old told ESPN Cricinfo.
Zaheer revealed that the kind of injury he has sustained is rarest of rare.
“I have a tear in the tendon in a lateral muscle on the left side. Because it is a tendon injury it takes its own time to heal. I am told I am only the second bowler to get this kind of an injury. I am right now working on recovering, strengthening and fitness. The timeline given to me was about ten to 12 weeks from the date of injury. Right now I have finished six weeks,” the left-arm seamer said.
The Mumbai pacer said it will take him atleast another month before he starts bowling at the nets.
“I have not held a ball after picking up the injury. I am still (going to take) about four weeks before I start bowling. I have to see how my body is responding. It is about how I’m feeling in terms of my bowling — whether I am able to bowl exactly the way I want to bowl, whether I’m able to meet my expectations in terms of bowling.”
He did not hide his disappointment about missing the England tour.
“I have been working towards this tour for the last year. I was focusing on Test matches. Even through the IPL, my routines were (related to) working towards the England tour. Considering all that, it was disappointing to miss out. I just hope that the Indian team does well on English soil.