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‘Zak needs to be ready for 2015’

New Delhi: Zaheer Khan may still be a part of the Indian team for the 2015 World Cup, provided the seasoned pacer manages to prepare himself well for the mega tournament, says Javagal Srinath.

Srinath, who was in the capital for a promotional event, said it was tough for him to say whether Zaheer should be a part of the next World Cup squad. “It all depends on what Zaheer wants and how he prepares himself. If he wants to make the World Cup his swansong, then he should be allowed to do that.

“But he needs to be ready and honest about thatů He is a top class bowler and has the desire, resolve and strength to deliver,” Srinath said.

Srinath said he was impressed by the performance of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. “Even Ishant (Sharma) is looking to be back on track. He has been bowling consistently well.”

But the man, who has impressed Srinath most, is Virat Kohli. “He is in great form and has been doing a terrific job. We are not comparing Kohli with Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid. But he has already made his own place in Indian cricket,” he said.

Srinath said every budding cricketer should be a consistent performer between the age of 14 and 19. “That’s the time when one gets to realise the potential of a player. When I was 17, I was more of a batsman than a bowler. But that’s the time I started bowling a quicker and turned into a specialist bowler.”