Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan is primarily known for his exploits with the ball but he was a handy batsman too. And the third ODI between Zimbabwe and India at Jodhpur in 2000 witnessed one of Zaheer’s best moments with the willow.

Facing the last four balls of the innings, Zaheer absolutely butchered Zimbabwe pacer Henry Olonga as he hit him for four consecutive sixes. The last over started with India on 256 for 8, but riding on Zaheer’s  four successive sixes, India posted a huge total of 283.

The first ball he faced and the third ball of the last over, was a waist length fulltoss which was easily dispatched for a six over midwicket by Khan. The following delivery was hit over long on for another maximum. The next ball from Olonga was another fulltoss and Zaheer hit it for another six. The bowler was feeling the heat as the following delivery from him was a wide and the next ball was again sent into the stands by Zaheer. Zaheer scored 32 runs off 11 balls. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar hit his 27th ODI century to help India recover from early setbacks.

However, the heroic knock of Zaheer Khan and Sachin Tendulkar went in vain as Zimbabwe won the match by 1 wicket.


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