Zaheer Khan turns 41: R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan lead wishes on former pacer's birthday
One of the heroes of India's 2011 World Cup triumph under MS Dhoni, former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan turned 41 on Monday. Zaheer is regarded as one of the finest swing bowlers to have played for India and enjoyed a stellar career for the country across formats. He spearheaded India's pace attack at the 2011 World Cup and was the joint-highest wicket-taker with Shahid Afridi in the tournament picking up 21 wickets in nine games.
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, batsman Shikhar Dhawan and veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh all took to Twitter to wish the former Indian pacer, who is currently serving as the Director of Cricket Operations for Mumbai Indians and played a crucial role in the Rohit Sharma-led side's title triumph last season. Here's how the cricket fraternity wished the former pacer on his birthday.
Happy birthday Zak Bhai! Have a fabulous year ahead with loads of happiness and good luck. @ImZaheer— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 7, 2019
Wishing @ImZaheer a happy birthday and a great year ahead.— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 7, 2019
Happy Birthday @ImZaheer Wishing you a wonderful day and the most amazing year Zakpic.twitter.com/6yloKGRxpT— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 7, 2019
Happy birthday my brother swing king @ImZaheer have a good one— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 7, 2019
Happy birthday chief @ImZaheerpic.twitter.com/TXvRopBwHN— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) October 7, 2019
Happy birthday to one of India's favourite left-arm pacers and our Director of Cricket Operations, @ImZaheer#OneFamily#CricketMeriJaanpic.twitter.com/fGyO9m1uLE— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) October 7, 2019
Zaheer made his international debut for India in October 2000 in an ODI against Kenya in Nairobi and went on to establish himself as one of the most successful pacers to have played for the Men in Blue. He played three ODI World Cups during his career where he claimed 44 wickets. He had the ability to swing the ball both ways and also troubled the batsmen with his accuracy.
Zaheer played 92 Tests and 200 ODIs before retiring from international cricket in 2015. He picked up 311 and 282 wickets in the two formats respectively. He also played 17 T20Is for the Men in Blue bagging 17 scalps in 17 games. He continues to remain associated with cricket post his retirement and was also appointed as Indian team's overseas bowling consultant in 2017.
Zaheer didn't turn up in the role as his financial demands were not met by the BCCI. He later was appointed as the Director of Cricket Operations by Mumbai Indians and worked closely with the players' in the last edition helping them lift their fourth title after defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final.