Zaheer khan, one of India’s greatest fast pacer announced his retirement from International Cricket after a magnificent career of 92 Tests and 200 one-day internationals. He was playing for Indian Team since 2000. He made his mind to take exit from international career this year.
Yesterday around 12:20 PM, Zaheer Khan announced the end of his career via his Facebook Page “With immediate effect, I bid adieu to my career in international cricket. I look forward to signing off my last season in domestic cricket at the conclusion of Indian Premier League season 9”
He is considered as the second most successful pace bowler after Kapil Dev.
Career of this legend has always been worth talking about. He has second highest wicket tally with 311 Test wickets just after Kapil Dev.
He also played for Worcestershire in country cricket took ten wickets against Somerset on debut; in doing so he became the first Worcestershire player to take 10 wickets on debut for over 100 years.
He lend a major role in making India win the World Cup 2011 and was also the joint highest wicket taker(21) with Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.
He is 5th in world and leading Indian wicket taker in a world cup along with Javagal Srinath (44 wickets) but Zaheer has achieved this feat in only 23 matches while Srinath has taken 34 matches. The fast pacer was capped 200 times in ODI’s and 17 times T20I’s because of his master play in the field.
Zaheer Khan after being plagued with recurrent injuries was absent from field since last 3-4 years.
Being a part of the World Cup Winning Squad, Zaheer marks the decision was not easy. “The toughest call in a cricketing career is when one has to walk away from the game itself. You almost will yourself and want to push that few, extra miles but then the body, after nearly two decades, decides not to respond. However my greatest moment was lifting the World Cup as part of Team India and creating history. We played as a top team and being a part of the journey of India as a top ODI side was very fulfilling”
— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) October 15, 2015
After the news got on air, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni complimented his wonderful career by their tweets.
One of the coolest pace bowlers I know. He was a bowler who could 'out think' the batsman most of the times. Always up for a challenge (1/2)
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 15, 2015
Well done ZAK on a fantastic career.without U it wd hve been very difficult to achieve what the ICT did.most clever fast bowler I know
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) October 15, 2015
To a great fast bowler & an even greater person, I wish you luck in all future endeavours @ImZaheer bhai. You have inspired many like me.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 15, 2015
Zaheer’ mother summarised His journey in the most beautiful statement
” Theek hain, bahut acchha safar tha humara “