India left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed praised his idol and mentor Zaheer Khan for helping him become a better bowler.Khaleel, who recently made his India debut during the Asia Cup in United Arab Emirates, spent two seasons with Zaheer during his time with the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. And according to him, the Mumbaikar’s tips during the IPL, helped him grow as a bowler.”I think I became a better bowler with his (Zaheer’s) advice,” the 20-year-old from Rajasthan’s Tonk said.”I have spent a lot of time with Zaheer bhai during my two-year stint at the Delhi Daredevils. We played in different conditions during IPL and he always kept discussing on how to bowl on different surfaces,” he added.Also read – Asia Cup 2018: Khaleel Ahmed emulates hero Zaheer Khan with figures of 3 for 48Khaleel impressed everyone during the Asia Cup campaign with his ability to swing the ball at a fair pace and trouble the batsmen. With him standing out being a left-armer in a mainly right-handed pace bowling set up, Khaleel is eyeing a spot in the World Cup next year in England and Wales.He wants to bowl fast and get as many wickets as he can against the West Indies to push for a place in the side.”It’s a good preparation for me for the World Cup. I want to take as many wickets as I can in the ODIs leading up to the World Cup. It will also boost my confidence and I will be under less pressure, if I am picked for the World Cup,” Khaleel said ahead of India’s first ODI against West Indies on Sunday.advertisementAhead of his second international assignment, Khaleel also recalled how nervous he was before his debut against Hong Kong, in which he recorded impressive figures of 3 for 48.”I was very nervous (for my debut) as my first tournament happened to be a big tournament like the Asia Cup. There was pressure. But after doing well on debut, I felt I could go further,” Khaleel said after the net session at Assam Cricket Association’s Barsapra Stadium.However, Khaleel praised the senior members of the squad and said that the seniors have never made him feel like a newcomer.”I never have a feel that I’m a junior in the side. Seniors support me well. Everyone keeps talking to me and boost my confidence,” he said of the good camaraderie in the side, he said.
2. Justin Phillips has a nose for the footballFor the second straight week, linebacker Justin Phillips scored off an interception. And for the second straight week, it was a “lookie what I found in my hands” style pick-six.Nice play, @StoolPitt!! pic.twitter.com/i6sttBOGmV— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOKST) September 16, 2017Phillips continues to be in the right place at the right time, and he’s been as impactful as any linebacker on the team this season. With an Edison-McGruder-less, Kevin Henry-less position group Saturday, he held it down like a grown man when they needed it most. Phillips finished with four tackles and a pass breakup on top of his score, and for the third consecutive week, the defense scored a touchdown. That has to make Glenn Spencer all types of warrior-poem happy.3. Justice Hill is All-American goodLike Porter noted in his 10 thoughts from the game, Hill’s performance against USA a week ago might be the head-scratcher of the season. He looked like he was trudging through quicksand in Mobile. But that was, uh, not the case Saturday. Jump cut city was alive and thriving and boy was it a thing of beauty.Look at this!OSU finished with 104 yards on the ground, which is far from the 332 mark it opened the season with. But Hill was an elite playmaker when he had the rock which QB1 attributed to an improvement in protection this week.“We were protecting our butts and making that block for Justice [Hill] today,” Rudolph said. “That one-two punch with J.D. [King] was something serious and it’s cool to watch.”4. OSU’s weapons are plentifulIf your palms were sweating ahead of the game when you learned Tyron Johnson wouldn’t be a part of the offensive attack at Heinz Field, you weren’t alone. Missing a playmaker of his caliber isn’t typically a good omen unless you’re Florida, in which case it wouldn’t matter anyway.But as it turns out, his absence didn’t much matter in the grand scheme for OSU either. The receivers hauled in a ludicrous 572 yards on the day and four of them went for 100+. Here’s Dillon Stoner getting loose with his first career TD reception. A second-teamer!STONER WITH THE TD pic.twitter.com/8zMG3b3D5h— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOKST) September 16, 2017McCleskey led the way with 162 yards and 3 TDs, followed closely by Washington (124), Ateman (109) and Stoner (100.) Johnson was surely licking his chops watching this one from Stillwater. It’s pretty incredible (and somewhat fortunate) that the offense didn’t seem to miss a beat without him.5. Mason Rudolph is gaining Heisman steamLast week we asked the question: Could Mason Rudolph’s Heisman campaign start any better?ANSWER: YES.It got a whole lot better after Saturday. Rudolph had just shy of 500 yards of offense, 5 TDs, and one Heisman-esque moment with this slip and sling TD to Marcell Ateman.Mason Rudolph ??? pic.twitter.com/7K1fFZxBcq— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOKST) September 16, 2017“I think making that throw was something that worked out,” Rudolph said of his 69-yard dime. “I’ve always been one to get out of it. It’s about making it count. So that’s something I try to highlight in my offseason work, and then see it in those guys.”Big 12 play starts next Saturday inside Boone Pickens Stadium at 2:30 p.m. I think Oklahoma State is ready for the challenge.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State came out firing on all cylinders Saturday against Pitt and improved to 3-0 in non-conference play with a 59-21 win at Heinz Field.Mason Rudolph looked every bit the part of a Heisman contender, the OSU defense created more turnovers than a McDonald’s happy hour, and Justice Hill once again assumed his role as the lead back in a convincing win over the Panthers.“Obviously we had a good game today,” said Mike Gundy. “Our players were really focused and they did a really nice job in preparation. As a coach that’s so gratifying. To see guys get ready to play a game, prepare and execute.”Here are five key takeaways from OSU’s win to remain undefeated on the season.1. OSU’s offense was truly unstoppableMason Rudolph was trending nationally by the time OSU-Pitt reached the halfway mark because of his role in a record-breaking first half for the Cowboys. He tossed for 5 TDs and 423 yards in the opening 30 minutes — the most yards through the air in a half against an FBS opponent since 2013 when San Jose State’s Dave Fales passed for 451 vs. Fresno State.Rudolph found any receiver he wanted — Stoner, McCleskey, Washington, didn’t matter — as the team racked up a total 676 yards of offense.Through 7 first half drives, the offense was averaging 7 points per drive. Everything was so good high fives were being distributed like hot cakes in the press box.Lost in all this is that the high-flying offense has seen a very small sliver of Rudolph late in games. According to Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World, Rudolph has only played in 8.5 quarters of a possible 12 this season due to blowouts. But when he’s in the game …With the first-team offense on the field, #OKState scored 49 points on 50 plays.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 16, 2017