B’day Special: Wasim Akram also considered this legendary Indian bowler as ‘Sultan of Swing’

new Delhi. Indian cricket may be full of fast bowlers even today, but a few decades ago, the situation was that any cricketer in the name of fast bowling took a new ball and threw a few overs just to make it shine. used to do. Then Kapil Dev (Kapil Dev) came and the situation changed. Then came the new century i.e. the 2000s and a bowler whose team bowled comparisons to the bowling bowler of Pakistan wasim Akram. Yes, we are talking about former Indian southpaw fast bowler Zaheer Khan, whom Wasim Akram himself has given the title of ‘Sultan of Swing’ several times and also named the world’s number-1 bowler. Zaheer is celebrating his 42nd birthday today.

Journey from Srirampur’s engineer to Team India
Zaheer Khan was born in Srirampur, a small town in Maharashtra. He dreamed of becoming an engineer, but his photographer father showed him the dream of becoming a fast bowler. When Zaheer took admission in mechanical engineering, his father brought him to play cricket in Mumbai. Just 17-year-old Zaheer’s bowling created panic in Mumbai cricket. Especially for the National Cricket Club, Zaheer was in discussion all around at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana ground, which is called Kashi of Mumbai cricket, taking 7 wickets in the final against the same team. Played in Mumbai Under-19 team, but did not get a chance in Ranji team. After this, Zaheer came to Baroda and then history was made.

Tehelka created for Team India in the first series
Zaheer got a chance to play for the first time for Team India in the ICC Knockout Trophy in Nairobi, Kenya. Zaheer took 3 wickets in the first match. But the real panic took place against Australia in the final-8 match. In this match, Zaheer shocked the giants like Adam Gilchrist and Steve Waugh with the swing and pace of his ball and India won the match. After this tournament, only Zaheer was discussed everywhere.

The 2003 World Cup finals gained notoriety, became the heroes of 2011
Zaheer was a part of Team India in South Africa in 2003 as his first World Cup. Zaheer, who brought the second over of the match after Javagal Srinath against Australia in the final match, bowled the first ball no ball. It was a total of 10 balls, in which Zaheer gave 8 runs as an extra. A total of 15 runs came in this over. Later India lost the match and the next day, Zaheer’s no ball was in disrepute in the newspapers everywhere. But after 8 years, the same Zaheer became a hero against Sri Lanka in the World Cup-2011 final match at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, when he bowled his first three overs and got a wicket in the fourth over. Even though Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) made Team India the champion in this match by hitting six, but in the real sense mentally India had become the champion on Sri Lanka’s mind in the first four overs of Zaheer.

Zaheer’s international career was like this
Zaheer Khan took 311 wickets in 92 Tests, which is the second highest wicket of any Indian fast bowler after Kapil Dev. He took 282 in 200 ODIs and 17 wickets in 17 T20 cricket for Team India. He has 652 wickets in his name in first-class cricket. Zaheer Khan took a total of 44 wickets in the World Cup, which is the best performance by any Indian bowler. When he won the Test match for the first time after 21 years against England, he also hit four consecutive sixes in one over of Zimbabwe’s Henri Olanga. In 2004, for partnership with Sachin Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar), shared a record of 133 runs for the 10th wicket against Bangladesh. In this innings, Zaheer scored his best test score of 75, which was the record number 11 batsman at that time. Later this record was broken by Tino Best of the West Indies.

‘Knuckle ball’ given to world cricket
In today’s date, almost every bowler in T20 and ODI cricket keeps throwing the front batsmen by throwing the knuckle ball. That knuckle ball was actually invented by Zaheer. Zaheer invented this ball after watching the bowling of the baseball game.

The masters were made of reverse swing
The specialty of Zaheer was to swing the ball like Wasim Akram on both sides, as well as to reverse swing from the old ball. Till then, Pakistani bowlers were considered monopoly on reverse swing. But Zaheer surprised everyone with his mastery in this art. For this, he later changed his bowling action.

The craziest face of girls was also mad
Zaheer, who was very naïve and innocently visible from the appearance, looked exactly like a supermodel. Due to this, he was considered one of the hot bachelors of Team India in his time and he was very famous among the girls. Zaheer’s affair lasted for a long time with Bollywood actress Esha Sharvani, but the two later separated. In 2017, Zaheer married ‘Chak de India girl’ Sagarika Ghatgey.

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