Zaheer Khan, one of India’s finest pacers, on 15 October 2015 retired from all forms of international and first-class Cricket. However, he will continue to play in IPL for one more season.
Zaheer, with 311 wickets, is the fourth highest Indian wicket-taker in Tests behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) and Harbhajan Singh (417). He was also the third highest wicket-taker in international cricket among left-arm pacers.
He played his debut ODI match on 3 October 2000 against Kenya at Nairobi (Kenya); while he played his debut Test match on 10 November against Bangladesh at Dhaka. Nicknamed Zak, he is a left-arm fast-medium bowler of Indian cricket team, was known for his hostile seam and pace bowling, especially fast inch-perfect Yorkers.
Zaheer with 311 Test wickets was the second-most successful Indian pace bowler in Test cricket, behind Kapil Dev with 434 Test wickets.
He was one of the key members of the 2011 ODI World Cup winning team, leading the pace attack with 21 wickets in just 9 games. He was also the part of 2003 World Cup squad of Indian cricket team that lost the final match against Australia at Johannesburg, South Africa by 125 runs.
In 2011 he was conferred with the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award by the President of India. In 2008, he was also selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
Details of his cricket career
Test: Bowled in 165 innings of 92 test matches and took 311 wickets. He batted in 127 innings and had scored 1231 runs of which 75 was his highest score.
ODI: Bowled in 197 innings of 200 ODI internationals and took 282 wickets. He batted in 101 innings and had scored 792 runs of which 34 not out was his highest score.
T20Is: Bowled in 17 innings of 17 matches and took 17 wickets. He batted in 4 innings and had scored 13 runs of which 9 was his highest score.
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