When the ace cricketer, Zahir Khan announced his retirement, it brings flood of memories not only to him as well as his team mates. Recently, Ishant Sharma, one of the leading fast bowlers for India and his team mate shared his fond memories, when Zahir Khan, the spearhead of Indian fast bowling for years called time for his international career. He said that it was the continuous support and guidance of Zak Pa (as he fondly calls Zaheer Khan), that has helped him emerging as a ‘pacer’ that he is today.
“I was at the Feroz Shah Kotla, playing a Ranji game yesterday. When I got off the field, I heard the news that Zaheer Khan has announced his retirement from international cricket. It brought back a deluge of emotions. I went home and started to reminisce all the moments I have spent with him in the Indian team – all those times I bowled with him and the memories I shared with him in the dressing room”, said Ishant. Zaheer has told Ishant that, “Fast bowling is 70 per cent fitness and 30 per cent skills. I have lived by those words right throughout my career”.
Zaheer Khan has debuted into international cricket in 2000. He was not in team for last three years due to several injuries. His last international match was against New Zealand in Wellington played in 2014. Ishant Sharma debuted in 2006 and had teamed up with Zaheer Khan in several matches. He regards him as a role model and a great friend.