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Thought he deserved a separate thread.  Khaleel Ahmed is a left arm fast bowler who played U19 WC for India in 2016 at an age of 18 and he has just turned 20 in December and now seeing him bowl after two years. He has been a revelation in terms of pace. He has been the quickest uncapped pacer I have seen since Varun Aaron in Vijay Hazare 2011. Consistently over 140KPH with top speed of 148K. Hit 145, 147, 148K today. Still raw but ingredients are there too.

 

 

http://www.hotstar.com/sports/cricket/series/khaleels-317-leaves-punjab-reeling/2001608187

 

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Tall ,  maybe around 6'2

 

Left-armer

 

Two qualities Team India need

 

Has a good swinging yorker , bouncer and slower ball ... bowls well at the end.

 

Bowling 135 k to 148 k in SMA Trophy.

 

Taking wickets there.

 

Needs to be watched.

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, King Tendulkar said:

Listen young kid just played handful fc games . Clocking 149 with left arm

wheels !! Excellent prospect surely ?

Not denying that all but we have seen just pace in international cricket will take you nowhere.I was talking about just that video.

 

I really hope he makes it fast ,as he is leftie and it would give India a great variety. I always believe in blooding youngsters as long as they are talented.

 

They need to have tools to succeed experience is very overrated in my book. In name of experience lot of stars have overstayed beyond their usefulness. 

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Just now, putrevus said:

Not denying that all but we have seen just pace in international cricket will take you nowhere.I was talking about just that video.

 

I really hope he makes it fast ,as he is leftie and it would give India a great variety. I always believe in blooding youngsters as long as they are talented.

 

They need to have tools to succeed experience is very overrated in my book. In name of experience lot of stars have overstayed beyond their usefulness. 

I am not saying shoudl play for india . Of course not . Point has some key raw ingredients and yes one of them is pace . 

 

He is massivkey one to keep an eye on . Get him on A tours and other stuff . Expose him and groom him and one day you never know .

 

let me put it this way , keep an eye on him over unadkunt !

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8 hours ago, putrevus said:

He is tall but there is nothing in the video which you can say is very good bowling.Let us keep the hype down.

That video is representational. He is still very raw and needs a good coach to help become finished product quickly.

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Not disheartened after carrying drinks for a season, Khaleel is happy to pick his idol Zaheer Khan’s brain. The youngster feels having a bowler as captain is very helpful. “I was with Zaheer bhai previous year too, as a bowler himself, he understands what is going on in my mind and guides me accordingly. Playing with him has been very beneficial to me,” Khaleel told the indianexpress.com in an exclusive chat.

After interacting with Zaheer for a season, Khaleel reveals the veteran’s advice have been very valuable in his growth as a seamer. “His advice on how important fitness is for a bowler, how to use swing and pace, how to use variation in bowling on different pitches has helped improving my traits. He also explains how to bowl in different match situations, on the kind of pitch and how and when to go for yorker or slower ones.”

For Khaleel, it’s a very exciting situation to share the dressing room with two of the finest bowlers in the world at the moment. Yet to speak to them, the youngster wants to learn about fitness, bowling in death over and more from the duo of Rabada and Cummins.

“So far I have not spoken to them (Cummins and Rabada). However having in the same side I can learn on fitness and get to know what goes on in their mind while bowling in the death overs, because it is then the pressure mounts on the bowler. However, I am concentrating and trying to focus on guidance only from Zaheer sir, It is rather advisable and it is going to be advantageous to me,” said Khaleel.

 

http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/ipl-2017-10/ipl-2017-khaleel-ahmed-wants-to-focus-on-guidance-only-from-zaheer-sir-4599084/

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https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/m.timesofindia.com/sports/cricket/asia-cup/khaleel-ahmed-indias-new-hope-for-a-left-handed-seamer/amp_articleshow/65634806.cms

 

The inclusion of rookie pacer Khaleel Ahmed in the Asia Cup squad is India's latest move to find a potent left-arm fast bowler that can lend variety to an attack that has grown in stature over the years but remains without a southpaw seam-up option that is consistent with his performance.

 

The likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Barinder Sran haven't lived up to the high standards the Indian team has set for itself in performance and fitness, which is why the radar has moved to 20-year-old Ahmed.

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https://www.google.co.in/amp/www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/24542109/khaleel-ahmed-rapid-rise-tennis-ball-tonk-india-odi-squad%3fplatform=amp

 

Khaleel's strength lies in extracting bounce even on docile surfaces - which could come in handy in the Asia Cup in Dubai and Abu Dhabi - and he's got pace too. He grew up playing tennis-ball cricket in Tonk, a Rajasthan town known for its muskmelons. On muddy surfaces where batsmen kept swinging, he learned early that the only way to beat them was by being quick through the air. Now he's trying to blend that pace and bounce with with swing to become the complete fast bowler.

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These are the questions on everyone's mind, now that Khaleel Ahmed has made India's squad for the Asia Cup: How quick is he? Can he swing it back into the right-handers? Can he bowl the heavy ball? What does his action look like?

First, some background. Khaleel has only played one full season of domestic cricket - and only two first-class matches. But he has shown enough promise to win a place in Sunrisers Hyderabad's squad in IPL 2018 and get fast-tracked into the India A squads for a tour of England in June-July and the recently concluded A team quadrangular series. In his last nine outings for India A, he hasn't gone wicketless even once, and has picked up 15 wickets.

Khaleel's strength lies in extracting bounce even on docile surfaces - which could come in handy in the Asia Cup in Dubai and Abu Dhabi - and he's got pace too. He grew up playing tennis-ball cricket in Tonk, a Rajasthan town known for its muskmelons. On muddy surfaces where batsmen kept swinging, he learned early that the only way to beat them was by being quick through the air. Now he's trying to blend that pace and bounce with with swing to become the complete fast bowler.

When he first came through at the 2016 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, he relied mostly on his angle across the right-hander. Over the last two seasons, he's worked closely on swinging the ball back in. This process began during a stint with Delhi Daredevils (2016 and 2017), when he didn't get to play in the IPL, but got to rub shoulders with Zaheer Khan, who was captaining the franchise at the time. Zaheer would try and get Khaleel to think for himself, ask him to set his own fields and bowl to them. Khaleel says this experience improved him significantly as a bowler.

"Being under Zaheer coincided with my improvement as a cricketer," Khaleel told ESPNcricinfo during the quadrangular series last week. "I used to just look to bowl fast, didn't think much about the technicalities, but Zaheer worked on my non-bowling arm and wrist position. The seam position used to be wobbly, because there was some problem with my grip and alignment with my thumb. Now I can swing the ball back into the right-handers."

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/24542109/khaleel-ahmed-rapid-rise-tennis-ball-tonk-india-odi-squad

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http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/24710733/nobody-likes-dropped-brought-back-rohit-sharma

 

On the bowling front, India could field a debutant. Jasprit Bumrah hardly bowled at the nets, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar was just bowling off a few paces. Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur however, bowled at full intensity.

Khaleel, in particular, has been talked about for a while for the pace and hard lengths he hits with his left-arm variety. Apart from calling him into the nets, the team management has fielded him on India A tours all season to give him a taste of top-flight cricket.

"I am quite excited about Khaleel," he said. "Of course he's a great variation to squad. Also, he generates quite a bit of pace. He's young, quite talented, and can swing the ball as well at the same time. I am looking forward to him playing and doing well for the country. From whatever I've seen of him, he can get batsmen into trouble. I can surely say that. He's got a great skillset, it's just a matter of going out there and doing it. Of course, he has not played a game so he'll be quite nervous but again he's got all the tools that are required to play at the highest level."

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Khaleel Ahmed played just one match in IPL 2018 and bowled 3 overs.

 

His speeds in that match  ( rounded off )

 

1st over

 

144 k

144 k

145 k

144 k

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Slower

 

 

2nd over

 

140 k

144 k

145 k

139 k

141 k

145 k

 

 

3rd over

 

Slower

143 k

Slower

144 k

Slower

138 k

 

 

https://www.iplt20.com/match/2018/59?tab=scorecard

 

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10 hours ago, express bowling said:

Match against Hong Kong would be ideal for a young pacer like Khaleel to debut in international cricket.

We should give both league games to bhuvi - khaleel and give rest to the tired bumrah.

Play bumrah from super 4 onwards...

 

ATB to you buddy, you have been backing him since quite a while... :)

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https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/www.sportskeeda.com/amp/cricket/khaleel-ahmed-the-latest-speed-gun-to-be-selected-for-india

 

Khaleel Ahmed was in the news for his amazing performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. He took 17 wickets in the tournament at an average of just 15.53. His strike rate and economy were also equally impressive. He was also noted for clocking 148 mph while bowling during the tournament.

 

These performances have been a huge factor in him being selected for Asia Cup 2018. He is expected to make a mark in the tournament if selected to play a match

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12 hours ago, express bowling said:

Match against Hong Kong would be ideal for a young pacer like Khaleel to debut in international cricket.

Back to back matches for India in this scorching heat. It would make sense to rest our 2 frontline pacers today. So it's very likely that Khaleel will make his debut today. 

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7 hours ago, Temujin Khaghan said:

 

ATB to you buddy, you have been backing him since quite a while... :)

 

Buddy,  I just hope that he keeps things simple.  Combines accuracy with pace ...  and does not try too many variations and slower balls.  

 

He has the skills and pace but lacks experience.  This is where support from the team management will come in.  

 

If he is made to feel welcome in the team and is not thrown out of the ODI squad if he has a couple of bad matches ... I expect him to perform steadily after a few matches.

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Khaleel comes across as a smart cricketer. Impressed with the way he used the crease and bowled around the wicket cramping up the batsman. Hit the bat hard and troubled the batsman with pace and bounce on this slow pitch. Good use of the slower balls and cross seam deliveries to get extra bounce. Also bowled some good yorkers at the end. If he can get the ball to swing into the right handers, he will be a complete package. 

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There is good evidence of Khaleel picking up some tips from Zak. I loved his bowling, but would like to see him play against more seasoned teams, maybe today or later in the tournament. He might be the game changer & surely does add the variety, we need for CWC 2019.

Exciting stuff.

I hope Khaleel, Siraj & Saini are tried out in the little window of matches left between now & early 2019. 

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Khaleel did not look like a debutant rookie bowler at all, from his 2nd spell onwards.  Seemed to know which balls to bowl when, albeit against against a supposedly weak side.

 

His temperament has impressed a lot of people, barring some Indian commentators  (  who are more interested in protecting the established players of strong IPL franchises ).  Khaleel took wickets at a stage of the match when the opponents were on top.  

 

The range of skills he displayed, as @Mosher bro has pointed out in detail above, is so good to see.  Being comfortable while bowling both over and round the wicket, bowling cross seam on occasions, using yorkers, bouncers, slower balls when needed, bowling both stump directed and channel deliveries ... excellent  !

 

He has the ability to bowl those hard lengths and get extra bounce ... while bowling with genuine pace.  He looked quick on a very sluggish pitch yesterday ... but we will see him bowl even quicker in the coming days as he has the ability to bowl 148 k / 147 k too.

 

All the best kid  !   Wishing you a great career as a fast bowler for India  !

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8 minutes ago, Suhaan said:

Would love to see him crank it up to 150+ and hit the furniture

 

I think Khaleel will.  Have seen him bowl entire overs in the 144 k to 148 k range.

 

Yesterday, he hit 2 HK batsmen on the body with rising short balls, even on a sluggish pitch.

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16 minutes ago, express bowling said:

 

I think Khaleel will.  Have seen him bowl entire overs in the 144 k to 148 k range.

 

Yesterday, he hit 2 HK batsmen on the body with rising short balls, even on a sluggish pitch.

Yup ,i saw him bowl 148 k against punjab in syed mushtaq ali trophy,he was bowling Thunderbolts actually that day but dhoni has stay away from him,that oldie destroyed many potential speed merchants

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