He is the second most successful Test pace bowler for India after Kapil Dev.
New Delhi: Zaheer Khan is one of the few bowlers who made a name for themselves in this batsman profounded era.
The 37-year-old made his ODI debut in ICC Champions Trophy 2000 against Kenya and took Test bow in the same year, against Bangladesh. He is the second most successful Test pace bowler for India after Kapil Dev.
In 92 Tests, with an average of 32.94, Zaheer has taken 311 wickets. He was a key part of the Indian team which won the 2011 World Cup. Proving his mettle, the left-arm bowler took 21 wickets in 9 matches.
The former Indian fast bowler is known for his pin-point yorkers and uncanny ability to swing the ball, both with new and old. He did well on flat subcontinent pitches and could control all the three balls well – Duke, SG and Kookaburra. Zak has led the Indian bowling side for the past 15 years.
Zaheer posed a threat to some of the best left-handed batsmen in the business over the years with his clever bowling skills. But former South African skipper Graeme Smith is the best example that one can refer to. (READ: In another birthday special, Virender Sehwag wishes 'cleverest bowler' Zaheer Khan HBD)
He has dismissed Smith 13 times in 25 matches. The left-handed opener was bowled 3 times, caught 6 times and leg-before 4 times by Indian pacer. Smith was Zaheer's bunny, for sure.
Here's a look at some of those dismissals: