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Zaheer Khan announces retirement from international cricket

Zaheer Khan announces retirement from international cricket
Zaheer Khan (right) has announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday.
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India's illustrious left-arm fast bowler Zaheer Khan has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Khan, who has been part of the Indian team since 2000, has played in 92 Test matches, 200 One-Day internationals and 17 Twenty20 Internationals.

In his international career spanning more than 13 years, Khan took 311 wickets at an average of 32.94 with only Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh ahead of him.

In ODIs, Khan accounted for 282 wickets at an average of 29.43 runs per wicket, and is the fourth leading wicket-taker in the format for India. 

On the 2007 tour of England, Khan was instrumental in India’s 1-0 series victory with a haul of 18 wickets from three games, which earned him the player-of-the-series award.

Khan was also part of three 50-over World Cup campaigns for India, in 2003, 2007 and the victorious 2011 edition, where India defeated Sri Lanka to clinch the title and end a wait of 28 years following their first success in 1983.

Having played 23 games in World Cups for India, Khan has an excellent record of 44 wickets coming at an average of 20.22.

The 37-year-old’s tally of 21 wickets in the 2011 World Cup was the joint highest in the campaign and was a crucial factor in India’s triumph.

In recent years, the wily left-arm pacer suffered from injuries that limited the number of appearances he made in the Indian team.

Between 2013 and 2014, Khan was only able to take part in four Test matches, two each against South Africa and New Zealand.

Chairman of the Indian Premier League, Rajiv Shukla revealed on his official Twitter account that Khan will be announcing his retirement on Thursday.

"Zaheer khan to announce his retirement today," he wrote.

"My best wishes to him for post-retirement career.

"Hope Zaheer Khan will keep on playing IPL."

Khan’s last international outing came in India’s tour of New Zealand in February 2014, wherein he picked up a five-wicket haul in the second innings of the second Test match in Wellington. 

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