Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore's Zaheer Khan is eager to reclaim his place in the Indian team and said he will look to use the period after IPL to attain peak fitness.
Having returned to the RCB playing XI after a long injury layoff, Zaheer, who was dropped after the third Test against England last December, said he was itching to get back on the field.
"Post-IPL I have to put in some serious work into my fitness and form to reclaim my place in the Indian team. That's what is on my mind right now - I want to use that period after the IPL to get stronger, fitter and improve in all areas," Zaheer was quoted as saying by IPL website.
In only his second game of the tournament, Zaheer picked up four wickets in two overs against Chennai Super Kings.
"I was itching to get back on the field but I always take my time to come back whenever I am injured. This time too, I could have played a couple of matches earlier but it's always good to get a game.
"I'm definitely feeling much better but I know I've still got a long way to go."
Zaheer also said skipper Virat Kohli is leading the Bangalore franchise by example.
"He's leading from the front. It shows in his batting that he wants to be responsible for the team's success. I think captaincy is helping him mature fairly quickly. I believe this captaincy stint in the IPL will help him improve his game as well."
He also spoke highly of promising left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat.
"It's really good to see young Unadkat do so well. He's a promising young talent and with time he's definitely going to get better. He had a taste of the highest level very early in his career (Unadkat made his Test debut in 2010 as a 19-year-old) and now he's hungry to get back there, which is good."
Story first published on: Sunday, 19 May 2013 19:27 IST