WEB DESK: Indian bowler, Zaheer Khan announced his retirement from international and first class cricket due to injuries on his arms, ESPNcricinfo reported.
He will play the IPL for another season.
He announced the decision on Twitter, where he bid farewell to a 15-year long career in cricket.
In a two page letter to his fans which he posted on Twitter he shared the story of his cricketing career.
“As a kid from a small town, Shrirampur, I gave up a career in engineering to pursue bowling. My parents backed the decision and every decision since. My dad, I distinctly remember said, “engineer tu bauhat saray hain, tu bowler hi banna“.”
He fondly remembered the time when he lifted the World Cup. “My greatest cricketing moment was lifting the World Cup as part of Team India and creating history.”
After the news of khan retirement, many legendary cricketers tweeted tributes to the pace bowler for his mind-blowing career.
Sachin Tendulkar said, “One of the coolest pace bowlers I know. He was a bowler who could ‘out think’ the batsman most of the times.”
Always up for a challenge…I am sure he will do well as he begins a new chapter in his life. Wishing @ImZaheer all success in his retired life,” Tendulkar tweeted.
With 610 international wickets, Zaheer finishes as one of India’s most successful bowlers, being the fourth-highest wicket-taker for India across formats.
He has the second-highest wickets tally – 311 – for an India seamer in Tests, behind Kapil Dev’s 434.
Zaheer, though, played few international matches in recent years after being dogged by injuries. An injury he sustained to his bowling arm in May 2014 had put him out of action for a long time, although he managed to play seven games in this year’s IPL.