The Telegraph
Saturday , August 23 , 2014
CIMA Gallary

‘Batsmen need to raise their game’

Calcutta: Zaheer Khan feels India would continue to struggle to make an impact overseas unless the batsmen raise their game and notch up big scores consistently.

“I have always felt that if you score 350 runs in the first innings then you are always in the game. If you don’t achieve that then you are always catching up with the game,” Zaheer told

“The success we had in the past on our overseas tours, the key was we put runs on the board. Once we won that battle, we went on to get the wickets as well. So the batsmen need to raise their game if we want to do well overseas,” he added.

Indications are that the left-arm pacer is unlikely to play any part in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 although he says his recovery is moving in the “right direction”.

The Champions League T20 is scheduled to be held from September 13-October 4.

“I have to just go with how my body is responding and the important thing is for me to play again, I have to bowl at my best,” said Zaheer.