October 7, 2000, the day when a young pacer from Baroda shattered Australian skipper Steve Waugh’s stumps with an inch perfect yorker in the ICC Knockout Tournament. He stole everyone’s attention and was rightly judged as India’s upcoming speedstar. In a country like India which lacks quality pace bowlers, Zaheer is a blessing in disguise. In an era filled with batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and many more, this guy rose to the occasion and made a mark for himself.
From being a rookie to India’s spearhead, Zaheer Khan has seen it all. From the unforgettable 2003 World Cup final to the unsung hero of 2011 World Cup, he has done a splendid job for India. With 311 Test and 282 ODI scalps, his contribution to Indian Cricket has been tremendous. On his 37th birthday ES brings a collection of some of his memorable performances from the past decade.
1. Speed demon from India haunts Aussies
This was Zaheer’s maiden International appearance against the mighty Aussies and he stunned the World Champions with his perfect yorkers. The star studded Australian team of 2000 were taken by surprise as the young paceman from India went all guns blazing. On his 22nd birthday Khan announced himself in style as he sent back Gilchrist and Steve Waugh which ensured India’s entry into the finals of ICC Knockout Trophy 2000. Playing just his 2nd ODI, he ended with figures of 2 for 40, that was instrumental in India securing a 20-run win.
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