Zaheer Khan(7 October 1978), who was once the king of the Indian pace attack and a reliable wicket-taker for India, has turned one year older today. Throughout his career, he has created and broken many records and brought victory for India on numerous occasions.
On the occasion of his birthday, let’s go back to his prime days
Zaheer Khan is an Indian fast bowler who possesses all of the characteristics that have made Pakistani fast bowlers a phenomenon. He swings the new ball and reverses the old.
He does well on flat subcontinent pitches and enjoys the useful ones. He may not have the abilities of Wasim Akram, to whom he has frequently been compared, but intellectually, Zaheer has surpassed Akram.
He knows how to gain wickets, he has an instinctive understanding of when to go for the kill, and when a batsman shows him the tiniest sign of a weakness, Zaheer preys on it viciously.
Unlike the Pakistan fast bowlers of the 2000s, he avoids controversy and maintains a quiet profile off the field.
Among pacers, he is India’s second-highest wicket-taker
Zaheer Khan concluded his international career with the second-most wickets by an Indian bowler. He still holds that record after retiring, and he is ahead of Ishant Sharma, who is second on the list with 434 scalps. In 303 matches, Zaheer ejected 597 players. Kapil Dev, who took 687 wickets in 356 matches, tops the list.
In terms of total wickets, Anil Kumble leads the way with 953 and is followed by Harbhajan Singh, who has 707 scalps. While Kapil gets third place, R Ashwin is fourth with 659 wickets.
The second-fastest Indian to reach 250 ODI wickets
Zaheer was the second-quickest Indian to complete 250 wickets in ODIs. Ajit Agarkar sits ahead of Zaheer. He scalped his 250th wicket in his 163rd outing. Zaheer completed his 250 ODI wickets in 180 matches. Javagal Srinath (182) and Anil Kumble (189) sit next.
Leading an IPL team
There have been just a handful of ‘bowler captains’ in the IPL, and Zaheer is part of that elusive list. In the 2016 and 2017 IPL seasons, the left-arm pacer captained the Delhi Capitals (then known as Delhi Daredevils).
In 2017, Karun Nair also captained Delhi when Zaheer sat out for a few matches. Under Zaheer, Delhi didn’t make it to the second round, but the left-arm pacer did.
He achieved a huge milestone when he captained the side. Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Daniel Vettori, and R Ashwin are among the very few bowlers who have led an IPL team on a full-time basis.
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