Indian Fast Bowler Zaheer Khan Retires from International Cricket

Zaheer Khan Retires from International Cricket
India's Zaheer Khan celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga during their ICC Cricket World Cup final match in Mumbai April 2, 2011.

Indian left arm fast bowler Zaheer Khan has decided to quit International Cricket and is expected to release an official statement in a press conference later today on 15th of October 2015.

Zaheer Khan has played has played 92 Tests (311 wickets), 200 ODIs (282 wickets) and 17 Twenty20 matches (17 wickets). Khan was the part of Indian squad that won 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Zaheer Khan made his Test debut against Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2000 and played his last Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve in February 2014.

Zaheer Khan called Rajeev Shukla, the senior BCCI member and IPL Chairman to disclose his decision. After the phone call Rajeev Shukla took to the twitter and sent his best wishes to Zaheer Khan.

“Zaheer khan to announce his retirement today My best wishes to him for post retirement carrier (sic),” Shukla tweeted.”Hope Zaheer Khan will keep on playing IPL. Zaheer has been my most favourite bowler since 2002 when I was manager of team india on England tour,” Shukla also tweeted.

In IPL, Zaheer plays for Daredevils of Delhi.

With more than 600 international wickets, Zaheer finishes as one of India’s most successful bowlers, being the fourth-highest wicket-taker for India across formats. He has the second-highest wickets – 311 – for an India seamer in Tests, behind Kapil Dev’s 434.

Zaheer Khan, though, played fewer international matches over the last few years after being dogged by injuries. While his final Test was against New Zealand in Wellington early last year, his last ODI was more than three years ago, against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.