Zaheer Khan is unarguably the greatest left-arm fast bowler Indian cricket has ever seen. He was instrumental in the successes Team Indian achieved across all formats in the first decade of the 2000’s.
The legendary cricketer is celebrating his 39th birthday today. Born in Shrirampur, Maharashtra, Zak migrated to Mumbai as a teenager to try his luck as a cricketer, joining the National Cricket Club in Cross Maidan.
It took him very less time to garner the attention in the club circles with his quick bowling and soon success only got bigger for him. He made his international debut against Kenya at Nairobi in 2000 and slowly established himself as the leading fast bowler in India. He particularly became well known for his reverse swing skills.
Zak ended his career with 311 wickets from 92 Tests, and 282 wickets from 200 ODIs.
These achievements have proved just enough to convince analyst Aakash Chopra to name Zak’s contribution of Indian fast bowling as equal to Sachin Tendulkar’s contribution to world cricket as a batsman.
Therefore, quite understandably he nicknamed Zaheer Khan as the Sachin Tendulkar Of Indian Fast Bowling’ in his birthday tweet.
Here is what he tweeted:
“Wishing the ‘Sachin Tendulkar’ of Indian fast bowling a very happy Birthday…have a good one ZK”
Wishing the ‘Sachin Tendulkar’ of Indian fast bowling a very happy Birthday…have a good one ZK 😊👍 pic.twitter.com/WbNzBnhFJ1
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 7, 2017
Aakash has played only seven Test matches together with Zaheer Khan, but the former has followed the entire career as a player as well as an analyst. The two, in fact, are colleagues as of now as commentators for Star Sports.