The 37-year-old pacer ended his 14-year-long international career due to a series of injuries, the latest being a shoulder complaint.

He made his India debut in 2000 and played his last game for the country in 2014 against New Zealand at Wellington. "Umesh is good with pace and the movement he gets. He definitely has got potential and that potential needs to be maximised is what I have been saying," Zaheer told reporters.

Umesh, who made his debut for India in May 2010 against Zimbabwe, has so far played 15 Tests, picking up 48 wickets. He has also appeared in 52 One Day Internationals (ODIs), claiming 72 victims.

"Among the Indian pacers I think, pace is important and balance needs to be maintained. The attack needs to be settled, its a process, you will find the right guys to do the job and right guys who are in the rhythm," he said.

Zaheer has left the stage after playing in 92 Tests and 200 ODIs, claiming 282 and 311 wickets respectively. He has also taken 17 wickets in as many T20 Internationals.

"I think the whole journey has been special, outstanding and cricket has been my life. It is very difficult to pinpoint one incident. Walking away with lot of fond memories, good friendships, so everything has happened to me at the right moment. But I can say winning the 2011 World Cup here was a great moment for me," he said.

He announced his retirement after a shoulder injury that has put paid to his efforts to return to action, capping a 14-year career punctuated by considerable success as well as crippling injuries.

"It was the right time for me to call time on my international career, that's how the whole thought process had happened. As I was preparing for the season, I realised that yes in terms of playing at the international level is what I am not looking at now. The realisation happened and that was the right time when I decided it is the right time to call it a day," the bowler from Shrirampur, Maharashtra, said.

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