India’s 21-year-old left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed has made his international debut just six months back. He had a good contribution in India’s win in the 2nd T20I against New Zealand.
Off the field the pacer looked pretty nervous when he came to attend the post-match conference in Auckland. However he did quite a fair job apart from one question which took him by surprise.
India lost the first T20I at Wellington by 80 runs, their biggest defeat in T20Is by margin of runs. However they made quick amends and restricted the Black Caps to just 158 at Auckland.
Skipper Rohit Sharma led the chase from the front by scoring a 29-ball 50. Khaleel couldn’t get any wickets in the first match and went for many runs. However in the second game he came back strong as he picked up two wickets for just 27 runs in his four overs.
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Khaleel laughs at Kohli’s question
The reporters asked a plethora of questions to the young pacer. He answered them all quite nicely, but a trick question left the youngster nervous and in awkward position.
One of the reporters asked if the team is Virat Kohli or not. Kohli has played the first three ODIs against the Kiwis and then went on a break. Rather than answering the question, Khaleel burst into laughter. He then hid his face before recovering and saying, “Don’t ask… Next question please.”
It was a trick question which needed to be negated smartly. Khaleel also spoke about the various challenges that the Indian bowlers have faced while playing in New Zealand.
“One difficulty that we face in New Zealand while bowling is running into the wind which is a rarity elsewhere. But then these are little things that you learn and it’s a great experience,” said the young pacer.
The third and final T20I will be played in Hamilton on Sunday. The pitch in Hamilton is extremely bowling friendly. The Men in Blue played here last month in the fourth ODI where they were bowled out for a paltry 92 runs.