Full Name Zaheer Khan
Born October 7, 1978
Shrirampur, Maharashtra, India
Age 38 Years, 6 Months, 25 Days
National Side India
Batting Style Right Handed
Bowling Left-arm fast medium
Teams Played India, Asia XI, India A, India Red, India Seniors, Rest of India, Surrey, Worcestershire, West Zone, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Mumbai, Baroda
Man of the Match Test - 5, ODI - 6, World Cup - 1, T20I - 1, IPL - 1, CL - 0,
Career Span [Test, 2000 - 2014], [ODI, 2000 - 2012], [World Cup, 2003 - 2011], [T20I, 2006 - 2012], [IPL, 2008 - 2017], [CL, 2010],

When he first arrived on the scene in 2000, Zaheer Khan, with his lively pace and ability to spear in toe-crushing yorkers, was a phenomenon like none that India had seen before. Now, a decade on, he continues to live up to that promise, becoming one of the best bowlers of his generation.

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Zaheer Khan Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

  M I N/O R HS 100s 50s 4s 6s Avg S/R Ct St
Test 92 127 24 1231 75 v BAN 0 3 141 28 11.95 51.70 19 0
ODI 200 101 35 792 34* v NZ 0 0 69 24 12.00 73.46 43 0
World Cup 23 11 2 52 15* v BAN 0 0 6 0 5.77 74.28 10 0
T20I 17 4 2 13 9 v AUS 0 0 0 1 6.50 130.00 2 0
IPL 96 30 17 114 23* v BLR 0 0 11 2 8.76 88.37 19 0
CL 4 2 2 0 0 v GUY 0 0 0 0 - 0.00 1 0

Bowling Performance

  I O M R W Best 3w 5w Avg E/R S/R
Test 165 3130.5 623 10247 311 7/87 v BAN 26 11 32.94 3.27 60.40
ODI 197 1682.5 117 8301 282 5/42 v SL 26 1 29.43 4.93 35.80
World Cup 23 198.5 12 890 44 4/42 v NZ 5 0 20.22 4.47 27.11
T20I 17 58.4 0 448 17 4/19 v IRE 1 0 26.35 7.63 20.70
IPL 95 350.4 5 2667 99 4/17 v CHE 8 0 26.93 7.60 21.25
CL 4 16 0 131 3 1/17 v GUY 0 0 43.66 8.18 32.00

Zaheer Khan Profile

When he first arrived on the scene in 2000, Zaheer Khan, with his lively pace and ability to spear in toe-crushing yorkers, was a phenomenon like none that India had seen before. Now, a decade on, he continues to live up to that promise, becoming one of the best bowlers of his generation.

At 21, the left-armer made a big move when he sacrificed a career in engineering to pursue one on the cricketing field. Zaheer started playing for Baroda in 1999 and only a year into domestic cricket, he was called up to the Indian side. He made an impressive start against Kenya in the 'ICC Knockout Trophy', picking up 3 wickets on debut and was brilliant throughout the tournament, playing a major role in India's road to the final. He was immediately included into the Test side and thereafter became a regular fixture in the Indian squad. A brilliant 2002 season, capped by 89 wickets, earned him a large amount of respect on the international stage. However, in 2003-04, a hamstring injury which was later found out to be a nerve-twitch, hampered his progress. The selectors continued to rest their faith in him but form and fitness combined with the emergence of competition in the form of Sreesanth and RP Singh, meant that he wasn't assured of a place in the side anymore.

Zaheer's tumultuous tale reached its climax in 2006 when he was dropped after the Pakistan series and was demoted to a C-Grade contract by the BCCI. He then came up with a befitting reply, scalping 78 wickets for Worcestershire, forcing his way back into the Indian team. A leaner, fitter 'Zak' emerged with a shortened run up and a revamped bowling action to lead India's attack with renewed vigor. His fight-back began in South Africa and was followed up by a historic Test series triumph in England where he ended up as the highest wicket-taker.

He spearheaded the bowling attack for India in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and was the team's most successful fast bowler. He contributed significantly towards the team's magnificent win with his timely wicket-taking stints.

With a perfect seam position and an ability to swing the ball both ways, Zaheer is a destructive bowler who any team would yearn to call their own. That, coupled with his lethal reverse swing with the old ball explains why the Baroda lad has become one of the most feared bowlers in world cricket. Zaheer Khan with his current achievements is already an inspiration to budding Indian quickies. Another dip in form in late 2012 saw Zaheer miss out to the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed and injuries didn't help as well. In spite of predictions from cricket gurus that Zaheer's career was done and dusted, he received another call-up to the Test squad to tour South Africa in December 2013 and he himself believes that he is far from over.

Playing in the Indian T20 League has been a bit of a train-like journey for Zak hopping between Mumbai and Bangalore. He started in 2008 with the Bangalore franchise but then moved to Mumbai for the next two seasons. He moved back to Bangalore in 2011 and once again has returned back to Mumbai for the 2014 season.

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