Iconic Sachin Tendulkar and limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today led the bandwagon of former and current cricketers praising Zaheer Khan, who ended his international career today.
The 37-year-old Zaheer decided to call time on his international career with immediate but will be bidding adieu to the domestic circuit at the end IPL’s season 9 next year.
“One of the coolest pace bowlers I know. He was a bowler who could ‘out think’ the batsman most of the times. Always up for a challenge…I am sure he will do well as he begins a new chapter in his life. Wishing @ImZaheer all success in his retired life,” Tendulkar tweeted.
India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it would have been tough to make the side successful without the pacer’s presence in the dressing room.
“Well done ZAK on a fantastic career.Without U it wd hve been very difficult to achieve what the ICT did.Most clever fast bowler I know…Life has just started now,U still can and definitely will contribute a lot to Indian Cricket.Wish U all the success,” he tweeted.
Also lauding the pacer was Test captain Virat Kohli, who called Zaheer an inspiration.
“To a great fast bowler & an even greater person, I wish you luck in all future endeavours @ImZaheer bhai. You have inspired many like me,” he said.
Zaheer’s teammates Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh also tweeted their good wishes for the bowler.
“My go-to man. Perfect gentleman. Big Brother. And a legend in his own right. Good luck for your new innings @ImZaheer Wonderful to know u,” said Raina.
“What a bowler mr khan and supper dildar yar. God bless you my brother. Love you zakiiiiiiiii @ImZaheer @BCCI,” added Harbhajan.
Former batsman VVS Laxman said he felt honoured to have been a part of the side, which had Zaheer.
“Congrats @ImZaheer on an outstanding career. Was a pleasure playing with u.Will always cherish the gr8 time we had while playing for Ind???,” he said.
Former India pacer Irfan Pathan said, “Congratulations 4 great career Khan Saab @ImZaheer I’m sure there is lot in u 2 give back 2 Indian cricket in the future. #legend.