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Ten most memorable Zaheer Khan moments

Aadya Sharma
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Zaheer Khan announced his retirement from international cricket on ThursdayFor a nation with a dry quiver of genuine fast bowlers, Zaheer Khan was a beacon of hope for fifteen years, right from his eye-catching debut in the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy. A hostile fast bowler to start with, he created an impact early in his career with his swinging deliveries and pinpoint yorkers. As he progressed and with injuries and age starting to catch up, he molded his craft to become a thinking bowler, cutting down on pace, and bringing in variation and guile in his deliveries. As he retires from international cricket, here is a look at the ten most memorable Zaheer Khan moments.

#1 Debut against Kenya, ICC Champions Trophy, 2000

Zaheer Khan India Cricket Debut
Zaheer’s potential was evident on his ODI debut

Recruited in the first batch of the National Cricket Academy in 2000, Zaheer was soon drafted into the Indian team. His ODI debut, against Kenya in the ICC Knockout Championship, will be remembered for the lanky pacer’s three-wicket haul.

The first two of those were consecutive yorkers that cleaned up Mohammad Sheikh and Hitesh Modi. He quickly established his reputation of being a quick bowler who could bowl in the 140s. The potential was on display right from the start.

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