Zaheer Khan, India’s most proficient medium pace bowlers, has decided to end his illustrious 14 year career of international cricketing. 37-year old Zaheer announced his decision of hanging up his boots on October 15. A series of tweets followed as the news spread. Zaheer tweeted about his retirement saying “I bid adieu to my career in international cricket. I look forward to signing off with IPL 9.” BCCI, on the hand, appreciated Zaheer’s efforts for the Indian team and tweeted “So long, Zaheer Khan. Thank you for all your brilliance on the cricket field.”
BCCI’s president Shashank Manohar also appreciated Zaheer Khan’s outstanding service for the Indian Cricket team. He also added that Zaheer did justice to the Indian cricket with his remarkable commitment and passion. Zaheer had his own unique style of bowling because of which he was extremely popular as a bowler amongst kids. Manohar also recognised the fact that being a fast bowler in India can be challenging, but, Zaheer led the attack with a lot of grace and success.
Zaheer made his international debut in the year 2000 against the team of New Zeakand. Since then, he has played 200 ODIs and 92 test matches where he managed to pick 282 wickets in ODIs and 311 wickets in tests. Captain Dhoni also appreciated Zaheer’s decision and tweeted “Well done ZAK on a fantastic career. Without U it would have been very difficult to achieve what the ICT did. Most clever fast bowler I know.”
In his signing-off letter, Zaheer thanked his family, his colleagues and the billions of Indians who always stood by him. We wish him all the best for this new inning in his life.