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Zaheer Khan
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Zaheer Khan

India|Bowler
Zaheer Khan

INTL CAREER: 2000 - 2014

Full Name

Zaheer Khan

Born

October 08, 1978, Shrirampur, Maharashtra

Age

42y 297d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm fast medium

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

Zaheer Khan is an Indian fast bowler with all the traits that made the Pakistani fast bowlers a phenomenon. He swings the new ball and reverses the old, he does well on flat subcontinent pitches and relishes the helpful ones away, and he controls all three balls well - SG, Duke and Kookaburra. He might not quite have the skills of Wasim Akram, who he has often been compared to, but mentally Zaheer has become as good as Akram. He knows how to get wickets, he has an intuitive sense of when to go for the kill, and once a batsman has shown him the slightest hint of a weakness, Zaheer preys on it ruthlessly. Unlike the Pakistan fast bowlers of the 2000s, though, he stays away from controversy and is pretty low-key off the field.

Zaheer's career can be easily divided into three distinct sections, neatly segregated by injuries. He was all promise ever since he bowled Steve Waugh with a full delivery in the Champions Trophy in 2000. A mysterious injury in Australia in 2003-04 - hamstring at first and later discovered to be a nerve twitch - then tortured him for the best part of the next two years. Every comeback ended in a frustrating setback through a new injury.

In 2006, though, Zaheer, now with a shorter run up, a fitter body and a meaner mind, dazzled England with 78 wickets for Worcestershire, where team-mates started calling him 'Zippy Zakky'. He was the perfect foil for Sreesanth in South Africa, and he then regained his status as leader of the pack with a match-winning display at Trent Bridge, as India won only their fifth Test on English soil. The new, lethal Zaheer was not only the leader of the Indian attack, he was one of the best in the world. With his guidance, India claimed the No. 1 ranking in Tests and the World Cup in 2011, which he called "my greatest cricketing moment."

Zaheer was seen as a vital resource ahead of a lengthy Test season comprising a four-Test tour of England and then a four-Test tour of Australia in 2011-12. But a hamstring injury on the very first day led to India losing one of their premier match-winners, and also every one of those matches. It wasn't until Zaheer's return for the Johannesburg Test against South Africa that India could stem their run of Test losses overseas. At 35 years, he still had all the tricks but his pace was down and he looked rather spent even while playing the second of back-to-back Tests in Durban.

There was no doubting how much Zaheer prized Test cricket though. He took a five-for in what became his final Test - the same one in which Brendon McCullum hit a triple ton - and ended his career with 311 Test wickets, second only to Kapil Dev among Indian fast bowlers.

Zaheer continues to do his bit in the IPL though. He was bought by Delhi Daredevils for INR 4 crores in 2015 and he was named their captain in 2016.
Sidharth Monga and ESPNcricinfo staff

Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test9216518785102473117/8710/14932.943.2760.4015111
ODI2001971009783012825/425/4229.434.9335.80710
T20I1717352448174/194/1926.357.6320.70100
FC16934279187996729/13827.973.2951.00358
List A25312745104043575/425/4229.144.8935.701010
T20138137304438021394/174/1727.357.4921.80200
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test921272412317511.95238151.700314128190
ODI2001013579234*12.00107873.46006924430
T20I17421396.5010130.00000120
FC1692234024897513.6005460
List A2531294310474212.1700570
T201384927191268.6822186.4200173300
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Rohit Sharma and Zaheer Khan share a light moment as Jasprit Bumrah looks on
Zaheer Khan and Jasprit Bumrah have a chat
Zaheer Khan at a Mumbai Indians Junior grassroots programme at Cross Maidan
Zaheer Khan at a Mumbai Indians Junior grassroots event
Rohit Sharma and Zaheer Khan at a media interaction ahead of the IPL season