Zaheer Khan gave an emotional speech at the felicitation ceremony at Wankhede, Mumbai
A felicitation ceremony was organised for Zaheer Khan by Mumbai Cricket Association at Wankhede, Mumbai after India’s massive 214 run defeat at the hand of visiting South Africa. Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan, who recently retired from international cricket said that he has achieved everything he wanted to in his career spanning 14 years and there is no missing link.
Zaheer announced his retirement on October 15.
“I’m going to miss cricket matches and those celebrations with the teammates. But I have to move on, with all those so many happy memories in my career,” he said while addressing the packed crowd in the presence of Sachin Tendulkar, former BCCI President Sharad Pawar (now MCA chief) and current Board Secretary Anurag Thakur.
“I am very happy to retire. I had not thought that I would go this far and achieve so much in my career. I don’t think I have one, link missing in my career. I will continue to be associated with the game in future also in some capacity,” he said.
Zaheer, who played a lot of cricket for Mumbai and for IPL franchise Mumbai Indians after shifting base from Baroda, was an emotional man in front of the crowd, who had watched the entire match seating in the VIP box. In front of him Indian bowlers were brutally battered by South African batsmen that helped the visitor soar to a mountainous total 438 for 4. As a result, he had to witness India’s 214-run loss to South Africa. However, Zaheer thanked all his well-wishers, teammates and coaches he has been associated with in his career.
A veteran of 92 Tests and 200 ODIs, Zaheer played for India for 14 years since his ODI debut against Kenya in Nairobi in the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy in Kenya. The left-arm pacer was part of the Indian team that lifted the 2011 World Cup at the same venue. He took 311 wickets in the longest format of the game and 282 scalps in the 50-over version.
“I am honoured to stand in front of you and the one word that comes to my mind is that I am humbled and honoured. It has been a great journey made up of wonderful memories. It is an emotional moment for me to speak here. I have been overwhelmed by the love and affection shown to me in the last 10 days after retirement” Zaheer said.