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(born October 7, 1978, Srirampur, Maharashtra) is an Indian cricketer who has been a member of the Indian cricket team since 2000. A left arm pace bowler, Zaheer is known for his ability to swing the ball both ways, and as batsman also holds the record for the highest Test score by a No. 11. After leading the Indian pace attack for much of the early 2000s, recurring hamstring injuries in 2003 and 2004 forced him out of the team, and after returning for a year, he was dropped again in late 2005. Strong performances on the domestic circuit have seen him recalled to the team as its leading pace bowler.
Zaheer has taken 121 wickets at an average of 37 runs per wicket. Zaheer was at the peak of his Test career in the 2002-2003 season. In 16 matches from the beginning of the tour of West Indies in April 2002 to the end of the 1st match against Australia in December 2003, Brisbane, Zaheer took 54 wickets from 16 matches at an average of 30 runs. It all turned downhill after the First Test against Australia in Brisbane in December 2003. Having taken 5 of the top 7 Australian batsmen in the first innings (5 for 95), he injured himself in the second during the opening spell. After missing the Second Test in Adelaide, he returned for the Third Test in Melbourne, but was injured midway through the match and was forced to return home. The injury kept him from the early 2004 tour of Pakistan, India's first Test series victory there.
Full name Zaheer Khan
Born October 7, 1978, Shrirampur, Maharashtra
Current age 28 years 164 days
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Zaheer has the desire to succeed, the talent to achieve and the aggression to rattle the opposition. This engineer who quit his studies to pursue cricket can now do more with the ball than he ever could. Zaheer is fitter, stronger, more experienced and wiser for this world cup. He’ll surely want to make a mark and not make the same mistakes he made last time. His aggression will be there, and so will be that killer look in his eyes as he runs with the ball in his hand. He is capable of making things happen and will play in major role in India’s wins.