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#InPictures: Indian pacer Zaheer Khan retires, so don't miss his final game at the IPL

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 6:00 IST

On 15 October, a bombshell was thrown to cricket fans all over the world, especially those from India. India's seam bowler Zaheer Khan announced his retirement from all forms of cricket barring the upcoming 2016 season of the Indian Premier League. Khan is regarded as one of the best bowlers India have ever seen.

He finishes his international career as one of India's most successful bowlers with 610 international wickets to his name across all formats. In Tests, he is the second-highest wicket-taker for India with 311 wickets, just behind Kapil Dev's 434. Challenged by injuries during the last few years, Zaheer was limited to a couple of matches. He sustained a bowling arm injury in May of 2014, but still managed to play seven IPL matches this year.

His last Test match in Wellington was against New Zealand early last year. His last ODI match was more than three years ago in Pallekele, again against New Zealand. His career is ending with 92 Tests, 200 ODIs and 17 T20Is to his name.

The most memorable Zaheer Khan moment for Indian fans is his contribution during the 2011 World Cup. He took 21 wickets in total to be the joint-highest wicket-taker and led the pace attack for India during their successful campaign. India won the 2011 World Cup on home soil.

As we bid adieu to Zaheer Khan and as the messages and good wishes pour in, here's a look at the tall pacer over the years.

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Photo: David Munden/Sportlsline Photographic

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Zaheer Khan of India bats during day three of the First Test between India and Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on October 11, 2008 in Bangalore, India. Photo: Global Cricket Ventures/BCCI/Getty Images

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Zaheer Khan of India dives to field off his own bowling during day three of the Fourth Test between India and Australia at Wankhede Stadium on November 5, 2004 in Mumbai, India. Photo: Hamish Blair/Getty Images

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India bowler Zaheer Khan jumps to retrieve the ball during the six international one day cricket match between New Zealand and India played at Eden Park, Saturday. India won the game by one wicket. Photo: Dean Purcell/Getty Images

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Zaheer Khan of India appeals unsuccessfully, during day one of the 2nd Test between India and Australia played at Eden Gardens, Calcutta, India. Photo: Hamish Blair/ALLSPORT

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Zaheer Khan of India celebrates the wicket of Graeme Smith during the Second One Day International between South Africa and India at Kingsmead Stadium on November 22, 2006 in Durban, South Africa. Photo: Duif du Toit/Gallo images/Getty Images

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Zaheer Khan and Huma Qureshi at L'Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards in Mumbai.(Photo by Milind Shelte/India Today Group/Getty Images

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Photo: Getty Images

First published: 16 October 2015, 12:58 IST
 
Sahil Bhalla @IMSahilBhalla

Sahil is a sports and tech correspondent on the speed news desk at Catch. A gadget freak, he loves offering free tech support to family and friends. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, New York and worked previously for Scroll. He selectively boycotts fast food chains, worries about Arsenal, and travels whenever and wherever he can. Sahil is an unapologetic foodie and a film aficionado.

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