It has been only months since Indias former spearhead Zaheer Khan announced his retirement and now he is to face another cricketing challenge in his career and that is to lead the Delhi Daredevils side this IPL. We havent yet seen Zaheer captain any side in commendably competitive cricket and it is going to be interesting to see how well he does this job. “It is a huge honour to captain Delhi Daredevils,” Zaheer said. “To get this responsibility is a way for me to give back to the game. I firmly believe that with the players currently involved we have the makings of a very good side, a young side that can surprise people. The potential of this group of players is immense and it is now up to us as players to turn that potential into consistent performances.”
Zaheer had announced that this IPL is going to be his final domestic tournament as well. This means that it is good-bye Zaheer after season 9. Zaheer will turn 38 this October. Meanwhile, Zaheer has been busy as an analyst for the World T20. Viewers can see him during the pre-match talks and innings breaks.
He traced his journey “as a kid from the small town of Shrirampur (Maharashtra)” to his stint at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore in 1996 and at the MRF Pace Academy to his eventual debut for India in 2000.
Though Zaheer has been very impressive when it comes to international records, his IPL records havent been the best. He has 82 wickets in 77 matches with an economy of 7.7, his best bowling figures being 4-17. In ODIs, he played a vital role as the leader of the pace attack during Indias victorious 2011 World Cup campaign with 21 wickets to finish as the join-highest wicket-taker. If he can get his side something to cheer about this year, he can sign off from cricket, in flying colors.
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