Zaheer Khan, one of India's finest fast bowlers, has recently announced retirement from international and first-class cricket. However, he will be seen performing in the IPL 9 as per his prior commitments.
In the past three to four years, Zaheer Khan’s performance in the Indian cricket team has not been consistent due to his persistent injuries. He was out of the Indian cricket team due to an injury in his bowling arm in May 2014. However, he somehow managed to play seven IPL matches this year. Zaheer Khan took the decision to retire after several discussions with his parents, his team mates—Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar—and coaches—Sudhir Naik and T.A. Sekhar.
Zaheer Khan holds a record of taking 311 Test wickets and has become India’s fourth highest wicket-taker after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) and Harbhajan Singh (417). He picked up 282 wickets in ODIs and 17 wickets in 17 T20’s which he played. He played a major role in India's 2011 World Cup win with 21 wickets in the tournament.
On Khan’s decision to retire, Sachin Tendulkar said that Zaheer Khan is one of the coolest pace bowlers, always ready to take new challenges and able to read the batsmen mind in advance. Tendulkar added, he is sure that Zaheer will do well when he starts the new phase of his life.
The Indian captain, M.S. Dhoni commented that Zaheer Khan’s presence has been crucial for the Indian Cricket Team to achieve what it had achieved till now. He added that Zaheer Khan is the “cleverest fast bowler”, he had known and congratulated him for such a fantastic career.
India’s once spearheading Zaheer Khan (also known a Zak), is now 37-years old, and has played 92 Tests, 200 ODIs and 17 T20 International matches. He played his final test against New Zealand in Wellington in the beginning of 2014, while he played his last ODI more than three years ago against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.