New Delhi: Former veteran fast bowler Zaheer Khan has played 92 Test matches and 200 ODIs for India. Zaheer Khan has also played 17 T20 International matches and 100 IPL matches. Zaheer Khan has taken 311 wickets in 92 Test matches and 282 wickets in 200 ODIs. Zaheer Khan has taken 17 wickets in 17 T20 Internationals and 102 wickets in 100 IPL matches.
Heat-up between Zaheer Khan and Pietersen
Zaheer Khan had clashed with England cricketer Kevin Pietersen in a match during his illustrious career. During the second Test match played between India and England in Nottingham in July 2007, there was a heated exchange between Team India’s fast bowler Zaheer Khan and English cricketer Kevin Pietersen.
Zaheer got angry at Pietersen’s action
In this Test match, India had taken a 266-run lead over the hosts after bowling England out for 198 in the first innings. Zaheer Khan came to bat after the wicket of Indian batsman VVS Laxman fell. When Zaheer Khan was batting, he saw some jelly beans (toffee) lying on the crease, which he immediately removed from there. Pietersen was dropping toffees at the crease to divert the attention of the Indian batsmen.
Zaheer Khan picked up the bat to kill Pietersen
But, after playing the next ball, he again saw many more jelly beans lying on the pitch. After this Zaheer Khan got angry and asked Kevin Pietersen, who was fielding in the slips, not to do so, but instead of admitting his mistake, Pietersen clashed with Zaheer Khan. In such a situation, Zaheer Khan also angrily showed the bat to kill England cricketer Kevin Pietersen. Seeing the increasing heat between the two, the umpires tried to calm the matter. After the match, the then captain of the England team, Michael Vaughan, apologized for the jelly-beans controversy.