BCCI pays tribute to 'India's greatest left-arm pacer' Zaheer Khan

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Mumbai, Oct 15: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today paid rich tributes to Zaheer Khan, who retired from international cricket on Thursday (October 15).

Full text of Zaheer's retirement speech

In a media release titled, "India's greatest left-arm pacer calls time on career with 92 Tests and 200 ODIs to his name", BCCI president Shashank Manohar and secretary Anurag Thakur heaped praise on the fast bowler.

File photo: Zaheer (right) celebrates South Africa captain Graeme Smith (not in picture) with Virat Kohli in Johannesburg in December 2013

The 37-year-old Zaheer today retired from international cricket after playing for 14 years. Since 2000, Zaheer played 200 ODIs and 92 Test matches in which he picked 282 and 311 wickets respectively.

The highlight of Zaheer's ODI career was the 2011 World Cup. He emerged as Indian team's most lethal weapon and inspired Team India to the title of World Champions at home with 21 wickets at 18.76. He was the joint highest wicket-taker of the tournament with Shahid Afridi.

On his final outing for India, the second Test against New Zealand in February 2014, Zaheer Khan claimed 5 for 170 - his 11th five-wicket haul in Test Cricket.

BCCI chief Manohar said Zaheer served Indian cricket with "remarkable passion and commitment".

"The BCCI appreciates Zaheer Khan's outstanding service to Indian Cricket. He served Indian cricket with remarkable passion and commitment. Being a fast bowler in the Indian sub continent is challenging but he led the bowling attack with distinction and contributed significantly to the success of Indian cricket .I wish him all the best for the future," Manohar said.

Secretary of the BCCI, Thakur said, "Zaheer will go down as one of the finest fast bowler in the history of Indian cricket. He has been the leader of Indian fast bowlers in the last decade or so and of the best exponent of reverse swing in the country. He has been an outstanding role model on and off the field for Indian cricket. Zaheer has been of the key reasons for India's success over the last fifteen years. I congratulate him on his wonderful career."

OneIndia News

Story first published: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 14:20 [IST]
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