Indian speedstar: Zaheer Khan




Zaheer Khan is born 7th October 1978, in Shrirampur town in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India. He is an Indian cricketer who has been a member of the Indian cricket team since 2000.

A left arm pace bowler, Zaheer is known for his ability to swing the ball both ways, and as a batsman also holds the record for the highest Test score by a No. 11.

Zaheer was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore,

He made his Test debut against Bangladesh at Dhaka.

His ODI debut against Kenya at Nairobi during the ICC KnockOut Trophy in the same year. He has taken over 200 ODI wickets at an average of 26 runs per wicket taking 4 wickets in a match 6 times (4 times against Zimbabwe) including 32 wickets against Zimbabwe at an average of 17.46 runs per dismissal.

He, along with other seamers like Javagal Srinath and Ashish Nehra helped India to make it to the finals of the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Zaheer finished the 2003 World cup as 4th highest wicket taker - 18 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 20 runs per wicket.

Zaheer has taken over 150 Test wickets at an average of just over 33 runs per wicket.

Zaheer holds the world record for the highest Test score by a number 11 when he scored 75 for India v Bangladesh in Dhaka, 2004. His partnership with Sachin Tendulkar which produced 133 runs is an Indian-record for the tenth-wicket. His batting average of 19.46 at number 10 is also the highest for a batsman in ODIs.

In 2006 Zaheer signed for Worcestershire County Cricket Club as their second overseas player as a replacement for Australian Nathan Bracken. He became the first Worcestershire player to take 10 wickets in a match on debut for over 100 years against Somerset, even though Worcestershire eventually lost the game. In June 2006 he took the first nine wickets to fall in the first innings against Essex, ending with 9-138; had wicket-keeper Steven Davies not dropped a catch offered by last man Darren Gough he would have become the first bowler ever to take all ten for the county.

He won the Man of the Match award in the first test between India and Australia, at Bangalore, in the 2008-2009 series for his all round performance with the bat and the ball. He became the third Indian, after Rusi Surti and Kapil Dev, to score a half century and take five wickets in an innings in the same match, against Australia.

FORMATVsVENUEDATE
TESTSBangladesh Dhaka Nov 10, 2000
ODISKenya Nairobi Oct 03, 2000
T20South AfricaJohannesburg01 Dec, 2006

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