first_imgPunjab pacer Siddarth Kaul has credited former India pacer Zaheer Khan for giving ‘useful tips’ which has helped him yield good results at the start of this Ranji Trophy season.Kaul returned with superb figures of 6/32 from 12.5 overs as hosts Delhi were bowled out for just 107 in their first innings against Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Wednesday.”These days I am working a lot with Zak Pa (Zaheer Khan). His inputs have made a huge difference in the first three Ranji games. Rohit (Sharma) told me to have a word with him and it has worked wonders for me. Zaheer has truckloads of experience and is such a legend, he knows exactly how to bowl on these wickets and shares his experience fully. I worked with him for four-five days in Mumbai and can already feel a huge difference in my bowling. Besides him, I also take Ashu bhaiya’s (Ashish Nehra) feedback regularly,” the 28-year-old from Chandigarh said in an exclusive chat after the first day’s play.2018 has been a memorable year for Kaul. He first made his T20 debut for India against Ireland in June and then earned his ODI cap against England at the Trent Bridge in July. A fast learner, having played five international games for India in two formats till now has made him a much wiser bowler.”Sharing stage with so many big players is always a great experience. Interacting with senior players helps brushing your skills and also gives a fair bit of idea about the important things that need to be done. I know now when I need to be relaxed and when to put in an extra effort. This has really helped me in my career and is the reason behind my comebacks in the national team.”advertisementKaul was part of the Virat Kohli-led Indian Under-19 team which won the ICC World Cup in 2008. Making his debut in the senior team under the same skipper has been a special moment for the fast bowler.”Having played junior cricket with Virat, I know him quite well. He is just like a brother and helps me whenever I need any inputs. But Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) has been of a great help from behind the wickets. I keep on bombarding him with a lot of questions even now. The best thing about him (MSD) is that he tells you to keep things simple instead of trying way too many things. According to him, the style with which a player has got this far and now playing for the country should not be altered overnight. I follow his advice completely.”Also Read | Ishant Sharma trolls Australian journalist: Not every year I come hereAlso Read | Virat Kohli opts for gym session as rain washes out Day 1 of India’s Test warm-upAlso Read | Ashwin climbs to seventh, Kohli maintains top spot in ICC Test rankingsAlso watch –last_img read more