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Zaheer Khan retires from International Cricket

 No more Zak in India’s pace attack

Zaheer Khan, one of India’s finest bowlers has announced his retirement from International and first class cricket. However, he will still continue to play IPL for one season. “As I was training for the upcoming season, it dawned on me that my shoulder may not last the rigours of bowling nearly 18 overs a day and that’s when I knew it was time,” Zaheer said in a statement.

He ends his career as one of India’s leading wicket takers.  He is the fourth highest overall.  He has the second highest wicket tally (311) for an Indian seamer in tests.  Zaheer Khan is behind only Kapil Dev’s 434

His final test was against New Zealand in Wellington early last year, his last ODI was more than three years ago, against Sri Lanka in Pallekele. He played 92 Test matches, 200 ODIs and 17 T20Is for India.

Zaheer Khan also lead the pace attack during the 2011 World Cup when India won the world cup. He was the leading wicket-taker alongside Shahid Afridi in the tournament with 21 wickets with an average of 18.76 and an economy rate of 4.83.

He made his One-Day International debut against Kenya in October 2000. He played his first test match against Bangladesh in 2000. In the last few years, the rigours of International cricket took a toll on his body and he was often on the sidelines because of his injuries.

“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 Indian Premier League season 9.” Zaheer said on his official Facebook Page.

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