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VVS Laxman, amid the lockdown, started the series on Twitter to write about the players who have influenced his life during his cricket career. In this series, on Monday, he summed up the journey of former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan, saying that he was determined to chase his big dreams.
Zaheer Khan started his journey with Team India in 2000 against Kenya, where he amazed everyone with his pace. Soon, he became the regular feature across all the three formats, joining the likes of Jagaval Srinath and Ashish Nehra in the pace battery. Zaheer was also the part of disheartening World Cup 2003, where Australia crushed India’s dream.
After 2004, his career had many breaks because of injuries and inconsistent performances. The speedster made comebacks but failed to deliver his best and eventually, he was dropped from the team.
To redeem his bowling techniques, he decided to play county cricket and signed the deal with Worcestershire. Instantly, he gained his pace and accuracy and was called back in the team in 2006. The new, lethal Zaheer not only became the leader of the Indian attack, but he also became one of the best in the world.
He was also the leading scorer for the team in the 2011 World Cup triumph, picking 21 wickets.
VVS Laxman’s post on Zaheer Khan’s journey:
“Daring to dream big and determined to chase those dreams, Zaheer Khan’s journey from tiny Shrirampur to the dizzy heights of success illustrated the strength of his character,” Laxman said in a tweet.
“His career-defining county stint at Worcester reiterated his desire to reinvent himself and shed comfort zones,” he added.
Daring to dream big & determined to chase those dreams, @ImZaheer ‘s journey from tiny Shrirampur to the dizzy heights of success illustrated the strength of his character.His career-defining county stint at Worcester reiterated his desire to reinvent himself & shed comfort zones pic.twitter.com/44eCYAhYxa
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 8, 2020
Zaheer Khan Represented India in 92 Tests, 17 T20Is and 200 ODIs. He picked 282 wickets in ODIs and 311 and 17 wickets in Tests and T20I respectively. He also played for Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils in IPL.