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Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan

Age 45IndiaINDIA
Left-arm fast medium Bowler

An Indian fast bowler who could bowl genuinely quick, reverse the old ball and dish out searing yorkers was a combination unheard of and when Zaheer Khan gave a glimpse of possessing this talent, Indian cricket opened its arms for him like a mother waiting for his child to return home.


Zaheer sacrificed a career in engineering for cricket and he had instant results to justify the call. Only after a year in domestic cricket, he was called up to the national side for the ICC Knockout Trophy in 2000. He made impact right away taking 3 for 48 on his debut. He was handed the Test cap in the very same year and he was among the wickets yet again.


He formed a good partnership with the likes of Javagal Srinath, Ashish Nehra and was instrumental in India reaching the 2003 World Cup finals. Though it was on the big day that things went awry for him. After a duel with Matthew Hayden, Khan lost the plot and ended up conceding 67 runs in his 7 overs. Many Indian fans still remember and rue the spell till date.


Zaheer signed up with Worcestershire in 2006 as their overseas player. He took as many as 78 wickets for them and showed the world that he still had it in him. It was there where he got the nickname “Zippy Zakky.” A much leaner and fitter Zak was recalled to the international team for India and became a regular for them.


In the Nottingham Test in 2007, after being triggered by the “Jelly Beans” incident, he racked up a five-fer to set up India’s famous win. He was a key figure for his captain MS Dhoni as India scaled new heights. Be it leading the team to the Number 1 ranking in Tests or winning the 2011 World Cup, Zaheer’s contribution cannot be measured by mere numbers.


It was on the tour to England in 2011 that injury caught up with him again. His absence meant India had no strike bowler and it started their horror run overseas. Zaheer along with Yuvraj Singh, went to France to get back to full fitness. He though had lost the pace and the zing in his bowling to keep going. A string of decent performances followed and in what turned out to be his last Test in 2014, against New Zealand, he took 5 wickets but Brendon McCullum’s triple ton had not just saved the game but also won the series for the Kiwis.


Zaheer ended his Test career with 311 Test wickets, second only to Kapil Dev for India as far as pacers are concerned. He though remained in action in the Indian T20 League. Having started with Bengaluru, he was bought by Mumbai for a couple of years in 2009 only to return to the former franchise in 2011. In 2014, he was bought back by Mumbai but he failed to make a mark. He was signed up by Delhi in 2015 and led the revival of Delhi’s bowling. He was named captain for them in 2016 but could not lead them to glory with injuries troubling him again.


Zaheer Khan’s tactical sharpness and mental strength made him stand out among the rest. His four sixes to Henry Olonga in an ODI are a part of folklore. Not to forget his success against Graeme Smith over a period of time that showed he had one of the best cricketing brains. India will hope to make use of his skills somewhere down the line.

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Zaheer Khan Statistics

Debut
India vs Kenya on Oct 03, 2000
Last
India vs Sri Lanka on Aug 04, 2012
Debut
India vs Bangladesh on Nov 10, 2000
Last
India vs New Zealand on Feb 14, 2014
Debut
India vs South Africa on Dec 01, 2006
Last
India vs South Africa on Oct 02, 2012
Debut
Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Kolkata Knight Riders on Apr 18, 2008
Last
Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru on May 14, 2017

Zaheer Khan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
2007920012.0073.46
Highest Runs34
Balls Faced42
On DateJan 08, 03
AgainstNew ZealandNZ

Zaheer Khan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
2001682.528229.4335.804.93
Wickets Taken5
Runs42
On DateFeb 14, 07
AgainstSri LankaSL

Zaheer Khan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
4306
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Zaheer Khan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
9212313011.9551.70
Highest Runs75
Balls Faced115
On DateDec 10, 04
AgainstBangladeshBAN

Zaheer Khan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
923130.531132.9460.403.27
Wickets Taken7
Runs87
On DateJan 24, 10
AgainstBangladeshBAN

Zaheer Khan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
1905
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Zaheer Khan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
1713006.50130.00
Highest Runs9
Balls Faced6
On DateMay 07, 10
AgainstAustraliaAUS

Zaheer Khan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
1758.41726.3520.707.63
Wickets Taken4
Runs19
On DateJun 10, 09
AgainstIrelandIRE

Zaheer Khan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
200
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Zaheer Khan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
100117008.3582.97
Highest Runs23
Balls Faced9
On DateMar 20, 10
AgainstRoyal Challengers BengaluruRCB

Zaheer Khan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
100366.410227.2721.567.58
Wickets Taken4
Runs17
On DateMay 18, 13
AgainstChennai Super KingsCSK

Zaheer Khan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
2103
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average
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