Indian left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan is set to step away from international cricket today.
In a career marred by injuries, Zaheer Khan has played 92 Tests, 200 ODIs, 17 T20Is for India. He finishes as India’s second most successful pace bowler behind Kapil Dev with 311 wickets. He has 282 ODI wickets to go with it.
Starting out as a rapid youngster capable of bowling yorkers (a rare trait for Indian pacers), Zak (as he’s affectionately called in cricketing circles) had a hot-n-cold first few years where his form, fitness and attitude were questioned. Dropped from the team, he missed out on two of India’s defining away series test matches in Australia (2003-04) and Pakistan (2004).
He spent the time away well, rounding off his skills with his county side Worcestershire and returning an older, wiser match-winner in the latter stages of his career.
His crowning achievements came in helping India win the test series in England (2007), especially spurred on after the ‘jellybeans’ prank riled him up, and being the joint highest wicket taker en-route India’s winning run in the 2011 World Cup. He last played for India against New Zealand in Wellington, and finished with a five-for in his last bowling performance, despite the visitors coming out second best.
The 37-year old seamer will continue to ply his trade for IPL.