Zaheer Khan is a former Indian cricketer. He was born on October 7, 1978 at Shrirampur, Maharashtra, India. He was a left-arm fast-medium bowler and a right-handed batsman.
Zaheer was one of the finest fast bowlers to have played for India. He is the second-most successful pace bowler for India in Test cricket.
Zaheer Khan started his career by playing for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy in 1999-2000 season. After playing for Baroda, he played for Mumbai from 2006 to 2014.
He also had the experience of playing county cricket for Surrey and Worcestershire in the years 2004 and 2006 respectively. He started his Indian Premier League career playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He later played for the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils.
The ability to swing the ball both ways, produce reverse swing with the older ball and bowl yorkers at the death overs made Zaheer a special bowler.
Zaheer made his ODI debut against Kenya in 2000 and Test debut against Bangladesh in the same year. He bowled extremely well in his debut match and picked 3 wickets with an economy rate of 4.8.
Rise to glory
Zaheer was praised for his consistent performances in the subcontinent pitches which usually assists spinners more than the fast bowlers.
He was the spearhead of the Indian fast bowling line-up for quite a long time. He was selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2008.
He was the joint-highest wicket taker in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. He made a crucial contribution in India’s World Cup triumph taking 21 wickets in just 9 games.
Stats and Records
Zaheer took 311 wickets in Tests with an average of 32.95. He had 11 five wicket hauls to his name. In ODIs he picked 282 wickets in 200 matches with an economy rate of 4.93.
Earlier, Zaheer held the record for the highest Test score by a number 11, when he scored 75 against Bangladesh in 2004. This record was broken by Tino Best of the West Indies in 2012.
Zaheer announced his retirement from International cricket on 15 October, 2015. He played for Delhi Daredevils after his retirement from International cricket.