The young Pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who persuaded his ruler to hand him the new ball to the second Twenty20 against the West Indies, says he thrives on responsibility and never leaves pressure to influence his performance.
Khaleel returned the West Indies back with two early wings, and according to India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma was the 20-year-old who insisted on the bowling ball with the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The bowler from Tonk, Rajasthan also rejected two open ones – Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer – to break down the hunting forces of Western India. "I had a bigger responsibility today as I made bowling with the new ball and I love the responsibility for India and now I have achieved that. If I feel pressure now I can not fulfill my capabilities," Khaleel said at a press conference after match after India's 71th victory.
"My only goal is to do well for India and I have to enjoy my game, I'm sure of my skills." If you enjoy your game, hunger to do well will also increase. "Khaleel had taken the headlines during the Asian Cup, but his time of reckoning reached ODI against the West Indies where he finished as the third highest player wicket with seven wickets in four races.
The 20-year-old who played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last edition of the Indian Premier League was behind the spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav on the list. Khaleel attributes his immediate success to the experience he had gathered while sharing the dressing room with major international stars during the IPL.
"Playing in IPL gives you a great experience when you enter the Indian team and you do not have to make too many changes to your game because you have already shared the dressing room with international players, to come to the Indian team, then have you already learned professionalism and know how to fix your mistakes. IPL is very useful. "