Zaheer Khan Biography

Wishes poured in on social media as former India pacer Zaheer Khan celebrated his 41st birthday on 7th October. Former teammates like Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, VVS Laxman and many others tweeted their birthday greetings for the left-arm pacer.

“Happy Birthday Zak Baba. Have a great year ahead @ImZaheer,” Sehwag tweeted referring to Zaheer Khan by his popular nick name.

Shikhar Dhawan wrote, “”Happy birthday Zak Bhai! Have a fabulous year ahead with loads of happiness and good luck.”

VVS Laxman tweeted, “Happy Birthday@ImZaheer.  Wishing you a wonderful day and the most amazing year Zak

Zaheer Khan was part of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 2011. In the final against Sri Lanka, Khan managed to pick up two wickets and bowl three maiden overs.

Khan played his last match for India was the Test match against New Zealand in Wellington in 2014.

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Zaheer Khan Biography

Zaheer Khan is one of India’s fast bowling legend. He played all forms of the sport for the Indian cricket team from 2000 till 2014. Khan was the second-most successful Indian pace bowler in Test cricket. Khan began his domestic cricket career by playing for Baroda.  He moved to England in 2006 for a short period of time to improve his bowling. Khan was known for his ability to move the ball both ways off the wicket and swing the old ball at some pace. Zaheer Khan continues to excel in reverse swing with the old ball.

Khan is praised for his performances on flat subcontinent pitches and the controlling of different types of cricket balls. He was one of the key members of the 2011 One Day International World Cup winning team, leading the pace attack with 21 wickets in just 9 matches.

The left-arm fast-medium bowler was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2011, India’s second highest sporting award by the President of India. He has also suffered several injuries which often interrupted his progress at the international level. That’s why Khan has set up a special rehab & training center— ProSport Fitness & Services— in association with Adrian Le Roux and Adrew Leipus.

Zaheer Khan was selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2008. He announced his retirement from international cricket in October 2015. He also played for Worcestershire in County Cricket and played for Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

Zaheer Khan Cricket Career

Zaheer Khan made his Test debut against Bangladesh and ODI debut against Kenya during the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy in the same year.

In late 2005, it became quite difficult for Zaheer Khan to retain his position in the playing eleven because of pacemen Sreesanth and R.P. Singh. Then, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) demoted Zaheer from a B-grade to a C-grade contract at the end of the year. He returned for the 2005 tour of Pakistan, where India fielded three left arm pacemen and had difficulty dismissing Pakistan with a lack of variety in the bowling attack.

In late 2006, Khan was recalled to the Test and ODI team for the tour of South Africa, when Irfan Pathan wasn’t performing very well and Munaf Patel suffered an injury. After consistent performances on tour, his performance in early 2007 in-home ODIs against the West Indies and Sri Lanka saw him named in the squad for the 2007 World Cup.,

In the 2008-2009 series in India, Zaheer Khan won Man of the Match award in the first Test between India and Australia for his all-round performance with the bat and the ball.

Zaheer has taken more than 200 ODI wicket. He and other seamers like Javagal Srinath and Ashish Nehra helped India to make it to the finals in the 2003 World Cup. Khan finished the tournament as fourth highest wicket-taker – 18 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 20 runs per wicket. He is also the fourth highest wicket-taker in ODIs for India with 282 scalps after Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and Ajit Agarkar.

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Zaheer took over 300 Test wickets at an average of just over 32 runs per wicket. In April 2002, from the beginning of the West Indies tour to the end of the 1st match against Australia in December 2003, Khan took 54 wickets from 16 matches at an average of 30 runs. But, unfortunately, he injured himself in the second during the opening spell. After missing the second Test Khan returned for the third, but was injured midway and was forced to return home. The injury kept him from the early 2004 tour of Pakistan, which was India’s first Test series victory in the country.

Previously, Khan held the world record for the highest Test score by a number 11 when he scored 75 against Bangladesh in 2004. At the time he was batting with Sachin Tendulkar. The pair scored 133 runs together, which was a new record for India’s tenth-wicket. 

Besides, Zaheer Khan introduced the knuckleball way back in the 2011 World Cup. He used that ball to get important wickets at crucial times like the wickets of Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Devon Smith, and Michael Hussey.

World Cup

Zaheer Khan has over 40 World Cup wickets, spanning from 2003 to 2011, putting him in sixth place behind Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Wasim Akram, Chaminda Vaas, and Lasith Malinga. Zaheer Khan was one of India’s trump cards during World Cup win in 2011 who finished as the joint highest wicket-taker along with Shahid Afridi with 21 scalps.

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Zaheer Khan Images on India Content

The India Content website has a good stock of Zaheer Khan’s photos from the cricket world. Check out Zaheer Khan’s pics from various ODI, Test and T-20 matches, including images of Zaheer Khan with cricketers like Jaspreet Bumrah, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Ashish Nehra many others on the website.  The website also has images of Zaheer Khan with wife Sagarika Ghatge. Besides, you will find here images of Zaheer Khan from practice sessions and several images from various events and shows.

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