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Popular Indian cricket team players: Zaheer Khan

by on March 21, 2011
in India, Profiles

 Popular Indian cricket team players: Zaheer Khan

  • Zaheer Khan is a left-arm-fast-medium bowler of Indian cricket team. Zaheer knows how to swing the new ball and reverse swing the old ball. His skills excel on flat subcontinent pitches.
  • Zaheer Khan made his ODI debut against Kenya on October 3, 2000. Zaheer Khan has played 200 one day international matches taking 282 wickets at an economy rate of 4.39. The best ODI bowling figures of Zaheer Khan are 5/42.
  • Zaheer Khan made his test match debut on November 10, 2000 against Bangladesh. He has played 92 test matches taking 311 wickets at an economy rate of 3.52. The best test bowling figure of Zaheer Khan in a test innings is 7/87 and best bowling figure in a test match is 10/149.
  • Zaheer Khan has played 14 Cricket World Cup matches taking 23 wickets at an average of 21.56 with an economy rate of 4.22.
  • The average of Zaheer Khan in India is 33.14 per wicket and economy rate is 5.23.However in overseas evaluation, the economy rate of Zaheer Khan drops to 4.77.
  • The best bowling performance by Zaheer Khan in World Cup is 4 wickets for 42 runs which he claimed in 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup.
  • Zaheer Khan can probably be considered as the best fast bowler ever in Indian Cricket History. He has won many crucial matches for Indian Cricket team through his lethal bowling. 

Highlights of player records:

  • Zaheer Khan is considered to be the second successful Indian pace bowler in test cricket after Kapil Dev.
  • Zaheer Khan is excellent with reverse swing.
  • He was the leading pace attacker in 2011 ICC World Cup where he took 21 wickets in only 9 world cup matches.
  • He is the fifth in world and leading Indian wicket taker in world cups along with Javagal Srinath. 

 Zaheer Khan has the ability to outset a team with his brilliant yorkers and he has shown his skills at many crucial moments. But with his persistent injuries in the recent past, his addition to the Indian cricket team has been limited. 

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