Zaheer Khan Biography
Zaheer Khan is an outstanding former Indian cricketer and was an important fast bowler of the Indian national cricket team since 2000 till 2014. He was a potential weapon in Team India’s formidable pace attack.
He started his cricket career by playing for Baroda. The cricketer is known for many things including his ability to move the ball both ways off the wicket, swing the old ball at some pace and reverse swing with the old ball.
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Zaheer Khan was born on October 7, 1978 in Srirampur, Maharashtra, India in a Marathi Muslim family to Zakia and Bakhtiyar Khan. He has two siblings, Zeeshan and Anees. He studied in the New Marathi Primary school and the K. J. Somaiyya Secondary School in Shrirampur. Zaheer was romantically involved with actress Isha Sharvani for eight years.
Zaheer Khan made his Test debut and ODI debut in the same year against Bangladesh and Kenya during the ICC KnockOut Trophy. The major teams that Zaheer Khan represented are India, ACC Asian XI, Baroda, Surrey and Worcestershire.
Zaheer Khan is a potent left arm pace bowler who spearheaded the Indian pace attack on many occasions. Known for the ability to swing the ball both ways, he also used to be an efficient lower-order batsman. Zaheer’s brilliant cricketing career include his intake into the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore (now Bengaluru), and his debut in Test cricket, playing against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2000. Despite an injury period in between tests, Zaheer played some fabulous innings in his 45 Tests, scoring 578 runs and taking 134 wickets, with a Test career best of 5/29.
Zaheer’s One Day International debut was against Kenya at Nairobi in the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy. Since then, he played 120 ODIs scoring 506 runs and taking 177 wickets, with an ODI career best of 5/42. His contributions in the 2003 Cricket World Cup ensured India’s run into the finals while he finished as the event’s 4th highest wicket taker, taking 18 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 20 runs per wicket.
Despite his brilliant performances, Zaheer had to sit out in 2004 India’s tour to Pakistan due to his injury. Post the injury, his poor performance made it difficult to retain his position in the team and he was eventually dropped, only to prove his worth through Indian domestic cricket and overseas County Cricket. He was again selected into the Test and ODI side in late 2006, after which his consistent performances booked him a seat for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Zaheer announced his retirement from first class and international cricket on 15 October 2015. In a tweet, he expressed his intention to sign off with IPL 9.
Amongst the numerous records held by Zaheer Khan, most noted are:
- He holds the record for the highest Test score by a No. 11, scoring 75 against Bangladesh in Dhaka, 2004.
- He is the 2003 World Cup’s 4th highest wicket taker.
- He holds the Indian-record for the tenth-wicket partnership along with Sachin Tendulkar, which produced 133 runs.
- In county cricket, he became the first Worcestershire player to take 10 wickets in a match on debut for over 100 years against Somerset.
Achievements & Awards
- Test Cricket: He received Man Of the Match Award 5 times and Man Of the Series Awards 3 times.
- ODI Cricket: He received Man Of the Match Award 6 times and Man Of the Series Award once.
- He was also the Arjuna Award winner.