Zaheer Khan has announced his retirement from international cricket. The Indian fast bowler has made it clear that while he is retiring from the international sphere, he will continue to play in the Indian Premier League for one more season.
In 2011, Zaheer played in the 50-over World Cup, in which the Indian team won. He referred to the 2011 World Cup as the highlight of his career.
He has not played in an international game since the test match that was played in February in New Zealand. In the last few years, Zaheer has suffered from a number of injuries.
Sudhir Naik, Zaheer’s mentor, said: “He feels with a hurt shoulder he cannot bowl at his best for him to perform at international level consistently, so he has decided to call it a day.”
Zaheer has played in 92 test matches, the first of which was played in 2000 against Bangladesh. He has taken 282 wickets in one-day internationals and 311 wickets in test matches. This total takes him to the fourth highest in both these formats in Indian history.
The announcement that Zaheer is leaving international cricket appeared on his official Facebook page. It read: “With immediate effect, I bid adieu to my career in international cricket. I look forward to signing off my last season in domestic cricket at the conclusion of the Indian Premier League season 9.”
Zaheer thanked his teammates: “Cricket has been my only life over the past two decades and is in fact the only thing I know well. Cricket has made me the individual that I am, giving me everything in life and much more. I walk away with fantastic memories, life-defining experiences and great friendships.”
Shashank Manohar, the BCCI President, wished Zaheer the best for the future. In his statement, he noted: “He served Indian cricket with remarkable passion and commitment.”