Zaheer Khan

Country: India
Born: October 08, 1978, Shrirampur, Maharashtra
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Zaheer Khan Bio

Zaheer Khan is a legendary Indian fast bowler who has left an indelible mark on the international cricket arena. With his exceptional skills, he has often been likened to the great Pakistani bowlers of the past, exhibiting the same artistry and effectiveness on the pitch.

Born on October 7, 1978, in Shrirampur, Maharashtra, Zaheer’s journey to becoming a renowned cricketer began at a young age. He displayed immense talent and promise, catching the attention of cricket enthusiasts across India. His breakthrough came in the 2000 Champions Trophy when he dismissed the legendary Steve Waugh with an impressive delivery that left the cricket world in awe.

Zaheer’s career can be distinctly divided into three phases, each characterized by his remarkable performances and unfortunate setbacks. The first phase saw him emerging as a potent force in the Indian bowling lineup, tormenting batsmen with his ability to swing the ball both ways and exploit favorable conditions. However, injuries, particularly a troublesome hamstring issue and a subsequent nerve twitch, hampered his progress for almost two years, leading to numerous setbacks upon his return.

In 2006, Zaheer made a stunning comeback, demonstrating an enhanced physical condition, a refined approach, and an unwavering determination to succeed. His successful stint with Worcestershire in England, where he picked up an incredible 78 wickets, earned him the moniker “Zippy Zakky” from his teammates. Zaheer’s skill and leadership qualities were highlighted during India’s tour of England, where he played a pivotal role in the team’s triumph, securing their fifth-ever Test victory on English soil. With his exceptional performances, Zaheer cemented his position as a leading bowler in the world, guiding India to the number one Test ranking and their historic World Cup win in 2011, which he cherished as his greatest cricketing achievement.

Despite his unwavering passion for Test cricket, injuries continued to plague Zaheer’s career, causing him to miss crucial matches against England and Australia. Upon his return for the Johannesburg Test against South Africa, he contributed significantly to India’s triumph, ending their long-standing losing streak on foreign soil. However, at the age of 35, Zaheer’s pace had slowed, and he appeared fatigued during back-to-back Tests in Durban. Despite this, he displayed immense spirit and took a five-wicket haul in his final Test match, marking a fitting end to his illustrious Test career with a total of 311 wickets, second only to Kapil Dev among Indian fast bowlers.

While his international career had come to a close, Zaheer’s passion for the game remained fervent. He continued to contribute to the sport through his participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 2015, he was acquired by the Delhi Daredevils for INR 4 crores and was appointed as the team’s captain in 2016.

Zaheer Khan’s impact on the cricketing world extends far beyond numbers and records. He is a charismatic figure who epitomizes the essence of a true sportsman – skilled, determined, and humble. His exceptional career, marked by numerous highs and lows, will continue to inspire generations of cricketers in India and around the globe.

Zaheer Khan Career Stats

Zaheer Khan Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 92 127 24 1231 75 11.95 2381 51.7 0 3 141 28 19 0
T20Is 17 4 2 13 9 6.5 10 130 0 0 0 1 2 0
ODIs 200 101 35 792 34* 12 1078 73.46 0 0 69 24 43 0
FC 169 223 40 2489 75 13.6 - - 0 5 - - 46 0
List A 253 129 43 1047 42 12.17 - - 0 0 - - 57 0
T20s 138 49 27 191 26 8.68 221 86.42 0 0 17 3 30 0

Zaheer Khan Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 92 165 18785 10247 311 7/87 10/149 32.94 3.27 60.4 15 11 1
T20Is 17 17 352 448 17 4/19 4/19 26.35 7.63 20.7 1 0 0
ODIs 200 197 10097 8301 282 5/42 5/42 29.43 4.93 35.8 7 1 0
FC 169 - 34279 18799 672 9/138 - 27.97 3.29 51 - 35 8
List A 253 - 12745 10404 357 5/42 5/42 29.14 4.89 35.7 10 1 0
T20s 138 137 3044 3802 139 4/17 4/17 27.35 7.49 21.8 2 0 0

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