Fifteen years ago, a spirited exhibitioner of seam, swing and pace from Baroda entered into the international arena. His talent reflected when he shattered the stumps of Australian skipper Steve Waugh with an inch perfect Yorker after sending the devastating Adam Gilchrist exactly 15 years from now (7th Oct 2000) playing his 2nd ODI at the ICC Knockout Trophy to take India to the semis.
The veteran speedster has for many years carried the burden of India’s pace attack single-handed. From a long career, selecting a few best performances is a difficult task. From being a rookie to India’s spearhead, Zaheer Khan has seen it all.
5 Best Performances by Zaheer Khan. Here it goes.
- One Man Army at Hamilton
5/29 vs New Zealand (2002-03)
India’s nightmare tour of New Zealand 2002-03 ended after the men in blue thrashed 5-2 in ODIs and whitewashed in Tests. But Zaheer’s performance was something positive in the whole tour.
In the 2nd Test at Hamilton, India were bowled out for 99 in the first innings. Then it was all Zaheer’s show who came back at the Kiwis with a bang. It was totally unexpected that New Zealand will be bowled out for just 94 trailing India after Zaheer took 5 for 29 with 4 maidens.