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14 April 201118:17

Zaheer recounts CWC 2011 experience

The wickets of Andrew Strauss and Mike Hussey among hi favorite ones

Zaheer recounts CWC 2011 experience - Cricket News

Zaheer Khan was the joint leading wicket-taker of the tournament.

On this week's ICC Cricket World Radio Show, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winner Zaheer Khan talks exclusively to the show about winning the event, with Zaheer admitting the wickets of Andrew Strauss and Mike Hussey were his favourites to take from the 21 wickets he claimed in the event.

"Taking Andrew Strauss' wicket was a game-changing moment for us in Bangalore, it was a perfect yorker and something I'll always remember. Also in the quarter-final, taking Mike Hussey's wicket was really important ? Ricky Ponting was playing well and it was important to break that partnership," says Zaheer.

"I'm glad that by playing in this World Cup I had the opportunity to change things from the past, but I do not regret 2003, it was a great learning experience, it meant I was more prepared for 2011 and ready to help India win this World Cup," says the bowler who featured in India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 final loss to Australia.

"Gary Kirsten is the only coach who has understood me well, given me the freedom to express myself, allowed me to get into my own space and given me the freedom to achieve," adds Zaheer on the recently departed India coach.

The show can be used in whole or part by radio stations that want free cricket content for editorial use, while the public can also download it straight from the ICC website at http://www.icc-cricket.com/media_interactive_zone/podcast.php or from iTunes.

Joining Zaheer on the show this week, is fellow ICC CWC 2011 winner S. Sreesanth who reflects on winning the ICC's flagship event.

"We all knew when the ball hit the middle of the bat that MS Dhoni was going to be hitting a six to win the final. There's nothing like hitting a six to win the World Cup.

"I just remember running onto the field to celebrate with no shoes on and then later going to collect my gold medal off the podium and realizing I still had no shoes on," says Sreesanth.

Finally this week, commentator Ian Chappell takes a look at the road ahead for Australia after the side departed from the ICC CWC 2011 in the quarter-final stages, along with the appointment of new captain Michael Clarke after Ricky Ponting's resignation.

"I think Michael Clarke was the right bloke to take over, he's made a good start (winning the series in Bangladesh) but it's not how you start it's how you progress.

"I don't think Ponting should be sharing his captaincy tricks, Michael Clarke should be doing things his own way, it's pointless having the captain resign if he's advising the terms to the new captain," says Chappell.

Apart from these exclusive interviews, the show has the usual round up of cricketing news plus an update of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings Test cricket.

This show is 15-minute audio show and has been put together by the ICC's global broadcast partner, ESPN STAR Sports.