Zaheer Khan, one of the India’s most loved fast bowlers has made his retirement announcement on Thursday. The 37 year old fast bowler made his debut in 2000 and played his last game for India in 2014 at Wellington against New Zealand.
Indian players who shared the dressing room with Zaheer Khan wished the bowing legend for a happier second phase of life through social networking site Twitter. Retired cricketer Sachin Tendulkar wished the pacer a happy retired life lauding his skills as a bowler. Sachin lauded Zaheer complimenting him as one of the coolest players in the team, who can out play every Batsmen most of the time.
Indian ODI captain Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir wished luck to Zaheer. Doni said,” It is just the beginning. Your services to the Indian cricket will be remembered forever.”
Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) complimented Zaheer for his wonderful career. The BCCI president Shashank Manohar said that Zaheer served the Indian cricket with remarkable passion and commitment. IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said that Zaheer was his favorite player since 2002 when he was the team manager for India’s tour of England.
Speaking on his retirement Zaheer said that he has called up on his career as his body no longer supports to bowl 15 overs at a stretch. The 37 year-old has undergone shoulder surgeries for a couple of times, which created a gap between him and the sport. The last few years of his career may be described as the painful phase of his life, as he struggled with injuries to get back into the national team.
One of the greatest achievements for Zaheer Khan was during the 2011 ICC World Cup, when he took 21 wickets to help India win the marquee tournament. He was also the player to take most number of wickets along with Shahid Afridi at the end of the tournament, the ESPN reported.