Zaheer Khan complete information
Full name Zaheer Khan
Born October 7, 1978, Srirampur, Maharashtra
Current age 40 years 44 days
Major teams India, Asia XI, Baroda, Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Surrey, and Worcestershire
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Test debut (cap 231) 10 November 2000 v Bangladesh
Last Test 14 February 2014 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 133) 3 October 2000 v Kenya
Last ODI 4 August 2012 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 34
T20I debut (cap 5) 1 December 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I 2 October 2012 v South Africa
Domestic team information
2008, 2011–2013 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2009–2010, 2014 Mumbai Indians
2015–2017 Delhi Daredevils
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 92 200 17 253
Runs scored 1,230 792 13 1047
Batting average 11.94 12.00 6.50 12.17
100s/50s 0/3 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 75 34* 9 43
Balls bowled 18,785 10,097 352 12,745
Wickets 311 282 17 357
Bowling average 32.95 29.44 26.35 29.07
5 wickets in innings 11 1 0 1
10 wickets in match 1 0 0 0
Best bowling 7/87 5/42 4/19 5/42
Catches/stampings 19/– 43/– 2/– 57/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 25 2016
Zaheer Khan (born 7 October 1978) is an Indian former cricketer who played all forms of the game for the Indian national team from 2000 till 2014. He was the second-most successful Indian pace bowler in Test cricket, behind Kapil Dev. Khan started his domestic career by playing for Baroda. In the early years of his career, Khan was known for his hostile seam and pace bowling, especially fast inch-perfect Yorkers.
In a bid to improve his bowling, Khan moved to England for a short stint with Worcestershire in 2006. A left-arm fast-medium bowler, he was best known for his ability to “move the ball both ways off the wicket and swing the old ball at some pace. Khan continues to excel in reverse swing with the old ball.
He is praised for his performances on flat subcontinent pitches and the controlling of different types of cricket balls. He was one of the key members of the 2011 ODI World Cup winning team, leading the pace attack with 21 wickets in just 9 games. In 2011 he was conferred with the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award by the President of India. Khan’s career is also noted for recurring injuries, which often interrupted his progress at the international level. That is also the reason Zaheer has set up Pros port Fitness & Services, a special rehab & training center in association with Adrian Le Roux and Andrew Leipus. In where zaheer and Malinger (Mumbai Indians) were the most successful pace bowling combination in the Ipl history.
Khan was selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2008. Zaheer Khan announced his retirement from international cricket in October 2015. He also played for Worcestershire in County Cricket and played for Mumbai and Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians in Indian domestic cricket.
Only Muttiah Muralitharan (325) and Shaun Pollock (252) have dismissed more left-hand batsmen than Zaheer, who has gotten the better of southpaws 237 times. He also has the distinct record of dismissing Graeme Smith, Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya and Matthew Hayden – some of the game’s most feared left-hand batsmen over 10 times each in international cricket.
He announced his retirement from international cricket on 15 October 2015.
Zaheer Khan married with Sagarika Ghatge
He was born on 7 October 1978 in Srirampur, Maharashtra, India to parents Zakia and Bakhtaran Khan. He has an elder brother Zee Shan and younger brother Anees. Zaheer attended the New Marathi Primary school and the K. J. Somaiya Secondary School in Srirampur. He also played in the local Revenue Colony Cricket Club (RCC) in Srirampur after which he started his career in Pune.
On 24 April 2017, he announced on his Twitter account that he was engaged to actress Sagarika Ghatge. The couple got married on 23 November 2017.
Khan came to Mumbai in 1996 and joined the National Cricket Club that played in Division A in the city. He played in competitions such as the Kanga Cricket League, Comrade Shield and the Purshottam Shield with the team. Sandeep Mahaska, Khan’s captain during the time, recalled the latter’s ability with the ball with an instance where he reverse swung a ball that had been bowled 50 overs with, bowling ten maiden overs and helping his team win a Comrade Shield game. His ability with the bat was recalled by another former teammate with who Khan put together a 102-run stand for ninth wicket making an unbeaten 62 runs taking his team home. His “jaw-dropping spells in the Purshottam Shield” culminated with the 7/74 performance against Shivaji Park Gymkhana in January 1997. He was later sent to the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai by Sudhir Naik, owner of the National Cricket Club. Impressed by his talent, the bowling coach there, T. A. Sekhar, pushed Khan to play for Baroda.
Khan quickly made his name playing for Baroda in the first-class level. In the final of the 2000–01 season of the Ranji Trophy against Railways, Khan received the man of the match award after he returned figures of 8/145 for the match, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings (5/16), helping his team lift the trophy for the fifth time and a first in 43 years.
Khan transferred to Mumbai at the start of the 2006–07 Indian cricket season his debut for Mumbai until the final of the Ranji Trophy in which he took 9 wickets as Mumbai defeated Bengal.
Khan has played the Royal Challengers as well as Mumbai Indians before he was picked for the Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 auction. He has captained the Daredevils in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 season, Zaheer became the 10th bowler in the history and 8th Indian bowler, to pick 100 wickets in Indian Premier League. At the age of 38, he is the oldest player to achieve this feat.
Season Matches Balls Runs conceded Wickets Best Average Economy Strike rate Team
Career 100 2200 2782 102 4/17 27.27 7.59 21.57
2008 11 252 357 13 3/38 27.46 8.50 19.38 RCB
2009 6 126 142 6 3/31 23.66 6.76 21.00 MI
2010 14 290 376 15 3/21 25.07 7.77 19.33 MI
2011 15 354 455 14 3/32 32.50 7.71 25.29 RCB
2012 16 360 453 17 3/38 26.65 8.50 21.18 RCB
2013 2 36 47 5 4/17 9.40 7.83 7.20 RCB
2014 6 134 146 5 2/21 29.20 6.53 26.80 MI
2015 7 145 156 7 2/9 22.28 6.45 20.71 DD
2016 8 172 239 8 3/21 29.87 8.33 21.50 DD
2017 11 241 313 10 3/20 31.30 7.80 24.10 DD
Zaheer was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. He made his Test debut against Bangladesh and ODI debut against Kenya during the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy in the same year.
In late 2005 pacemen Sreesanth and R. P. Singh made their international debuts and became regular members of the Indian team making it difficult for Zaheer to retain his position in the playing eleven. The Board of Control for Cricket in India demoted Zaheer from a B-grade to a C-grade contract at the end of the year. He returned for the 2005 tour of Pakistan, where India fielded three left arm pacemen and had difficulty dismissing Pakistan with a lack of variety in the bowling attack.
Recall to team
Late in 2006, Zaheer was recalled to the Test and ODI team for the tour of South Africa, following Irfan Pathan’s slump in form and an injury to Munaf Patel. After consistent performances on tour, his performance in early 2007 in home ODIs against the West Indies and Sri Lanka, including a career best 5/42, saw him named in the squad for the 2007 World Cup.
He won the Man of the Match award in the first Test between India and Australia in the 2008–2009 series in India for his all-round performance with the bat and the ball.
He has taken 282 ODI wickets at an average of just over 29 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 World Cup. Zaheer finished the tournament as fourth highest wicket-taker – 18 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 20 runs per wicket. He is also the fourth highest wicket-taker in ODIs for India with 282 scalps behind Anil Kumble (337), Javagal Srinath (315) and Ajit Agarwal (288).
Zaheer has taken 311 Test wickets at an average of just over 32 runs per wicket. South African star all-rounder Jacques Kallis was Zaheer’s 300th test wicket. In 16 matches from the beginning of the tour of West Indies in April 2002 to the end of the 1st match against Australia in December 2003, Brisbane, Zaheer took 54 wickets from 16 matches at an average of 30 runs. It all turned downhill after the first Test against Australia in Brisbane in December 2003. Having taken 5 of the top 7 Australian batsmen in the first innings (5 for 95), he injured himself in the second during the opening spell. After missing the second Test he returned for the third, but was injured midway through the match and was forced to return home. The injury kept him from the early 2004 tour of Pakistan, India’s first Test series victory in the country.
Earlier, Zaheer held the world record for the highest Test score by a number 11 when he scored 75 against Bangladesh in 2004. At the time he was batting with Sachin Tendulkar; the pair amassed 133 runs, a new record for India’s tenth-wicket. This record was broken by Tino Best of the West Indies in 2012. The current record holder is Ashton Agar of the Australia on his debut match in 2013.
Zaheer has 44 World Cup wickets, spanning from 2003 to 2011, putting him in fifth place behind Glenn McGrath (71), Muttiah Muralitharan (68), Wasim Akram (55) and Cabinda Vasa (49) on the list of highest number of wickets by a bowler the marquee event. He is tied with Srinath in fifth but Srinath has played 34 games as opposed to Zaheer’s 23.
Zaheer, who was one of India’s trump cards during their World Cup triumph in 2011, finished as the joint highest wicket-taker along with Shahid Afraid with 21 scalps.
Dismissed most number of times
# Batsman Matches Out
1 Graeme Smith 25 13
2 Kumar Sangakkara 51 11
3 Sanath Jayasuriya 36 10
4 Matthew Hayden 29 10
5 Mahela Jayawardene 54 09
Azmat Ali says July 2011 India embarked on a tour of England. Having bowled 13.3 overs, Zaheer strained his hamstring and suffered an ankle injury in the first Test of the four-match series and as a result was ruled out of the rest of the tour. Zaheer came back in December and played a test match against Australia on Boxing day. He took two wickets in two consecutive deliveries, dismissing Michael Clarke for 31 and Mike Hussey for a duck. In the second test at Sydney, he took three wickets of the four to fall, Clarke scoring 329*; his were the best figures in both these inn As of February 2014 Zaheer Khan is ranked 22 in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers. He toured South Africa in December 2013 and New Zealand in 2014.
Zaheer Khan announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket on 15 October 2015 in a tweet saying “I bid adieu to my career in international cricket. I look forward to signing off with IPL 9.”
In 2017, he was appointed as bowling consultant for India national cricket team
10-wicket hauls (Tests)
# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 10/149 70 Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium Dhaka Bangladesh 2010
5-wicket hauls (Tests)
Zaheer Khan Explore Zaheer Khan’s performance Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 92 127 24 1231 75 11.95 2381 51.70 0 3 141 28 19 0
ODIs Insights on odi 200 101 35 792 34* 12.00 1078 73.46 0 0 69 24 43 0
T20Is Insights on t20i 17 4 2 13 9 6.50 10 130.00 0 0 0 1 2 0
First-class 169 223 40 2489 75 13.60 0 5 46 0
List A 253 129 43 1047 42 12.17 0 0 57 0
T20s Insights on t20 138 49 27 191 26 8.68 221 86.42 0 0 17 3 30 0
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 92 165 18785 10247 311 7/87 10/149 32.94 3.27 60.4 15 11 1
ODIs Insights on odi 200 197 10097 8301 282 5/42 5/42 29.43 4.93 35.8 7 1 0
T20Is Insights on t20i 17 17 352 448 17 4/19 4/19 26.35 7.63 20.7 1 0 0
First-class 169 34279 18799 672 9/138 27.97 3.29 51.0 35 8
List A 253 12745 10404 357 5/42 5/42 29.14 4.89 35.7 10 1 0
T20s Insights on t20 138 137 3044 3802 139 4/17 4/17 27.35 7.49 21.8 2 0 0
Test debut Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Nov 10-13, 2000 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v India at Wellington, Feb 14-18, 2014 scorecard
ODI debut Kenya v India at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 3, 2000 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v India at Pallekele, Aug 4, 2012 scorecard
T20I debut South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006 scorecard
Last T20I India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS), Oct 2, 2012 scorecard
First-class debut 1999/00
Last First-class New Zealand v India at Wellington, Feb 14-18, 2014 scorecard
List A debut 1999/00
Last List A Sri Lanka v India at Pallekele, Aug 4, 2012 scorecard
T20s debut Glam organ v Worcestershire at Cardiff, Jun 27, 2006 scorecard
Last T20s Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Delhi, May 14, 2017 scorecard
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/29 Diamonds v Royals St. Moritz 9 Feb 2018 Other T20
2*, 0/35 Diamonds v Royals St. Moritz 8 Feb 2018 Other T20
1/31, 1* Daredevils v RCB Delhi 14 May 2017 T20
2/25 Daredevils v Supergiant Delhi 12 May 2017 T20
0/30 Daredevils v Guj Lions Kanpur 10 May 2017 T20
0/29, 2 Daredevils v Mum Indians Delhi 6 May 2017 T20
0/8 Daredevils v KKR Kolkata 28 Apr 2017 T20
0/36 Daredevils v Mum Indians Mumbai 22 Apr 2017 T20
0/37 Daredevils v Sunrises Hyderabad (Deccan) 19 Apr 2017 T20
2/28 Daredevils v KKR Delhi 17 Apr 2017 T20
Zaheer Khan is an Indian fast bowler with all the traits that made the Pakistani fast bowlers a phenomenon. He swings the new ball and reverses the old, he does well on flat subcontinent pitches and relishes the helpful ones away, and he controls all three balls well – SG, Duke and Kookaburra. He might not quite have the skills of Wasim Akram, who he has often been compared to, but mentally Zaheer has become as good as Akram. He knows how to get wickets, he has an intuitive sense of when to go for the kill, and once a batsman has shown him the slightest hint of a weakness, Zaheer preys on it ruthlessly. Unlike the Pakistan fast bowlers of the 2000s, though, he stays away from controversy and is pretty low-key off the field.