Zaheer Khan turned 42 on Wednesday and wishes have poured in from the cricket fraternity and fans on his birthday. The former India pacer is currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Mumbai Indians (MI) for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 as their Director of Cricket Operations. Former teammate Yuvraj Singh posted a special tribute for him with a video which had a montage of some special memories. The video was posted on social media, captioned as, “To my brother from another mother – who grows lazier with every birthday! Just remember, I’ve got your back in your old age too Wishing you another year of lounging on the sofa lots of love and best wishes! Happy birthday @ImZaheer”.
To my brother from another mother – who grows lazier with every birthday! Just remember, I’ve got your back in your old age too Wishing you another year of lounging on the sofa lots of love and best wishes! Happy birthday @ImZaheer pic.twitter.com/x2fwYoeO1w
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 7, 2020
Current India captain Virat Kohli also took to Twitter to pass on his wishes. He wrote, “Many happy returns of the day fella @ImZaheer. Wishing you a year filled with happiness and success. Enjoy the day.”
Many happy returns of the day fella @ImZaheer. Wishing you a year filled with happiness and success. Enjoy the day.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 7, 2020
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also hailed him, with a special tweet, as did his fans.
309 international games, 610 wickets
2011 World Cup-winner
Wishing @ImZaheer – one of the finest left-arm pacers – a very happy birthday.
Let’s revisit his match-winning 5⃣-wicket haul to celebrate his special day.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 7, 2020
Second-most successful India pace bowler in Tests 311
Fourth-highest wicket-taker for India in ODIs 269
Highest wicket-taker for India at the 2003 CWC 18
2011 CWC winner
A reverse swing specialist
— ICC (@ICC) October 7, 2020
Happy birthday to the greatest left arm seamer India has produced. Have a great year @ImZaheer. Your contributions to team India in the overseas victories is a thing to emulate #happybirthdayzaheerkhan pic.twitter.com/QLUg6VuFvb
— | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) October 7, 2020
RT if you too tried practicing @ImZaheer‘s action as a kid, including the big jump
— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from ) (@DelhiCapitals) October 7, 2020
— Khaleel Ahmed (@imK_Ahmed13) October 7, 2020
— Abid Kkc (@KkcAbid) October 7, 2020
— PrimeCaptain (@PrimeCaptain1) October 7, 2020
The Maharashtra native played in 309 matches for the Indian national team, and grabbed 610 wickets. Also, a 2011 ODI World Cup winner, Zaheer was famous for his yorkers. He has also received the Arjuna Award and Padma Shri.
In a career marred with recurring injuries, Zaheer represented MI, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. It is worth noting that only Muttiah Muralitharan (325) and Shaun Pollock (252) have scalped more left-handed batsmen than Zaheer, who has registered 237 wickets of southpaws.
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