In an exclusive interview with Republic World on Monday, World Cup-winning former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has talked not only about cricket, but also shared some of the lesser-known details about himself. During a rapid-fire round of 10 questions - on account of him promoting the Abu Dhabi T10 league, Zaheer Khan was asked to name his all-time favourite movies. The former Indian pace bowler replied saying that his favourite movie was '3 Idiots' - the Engineering-themed movie based on Chetan Bhagat's bestseller '5 Point Someone' which starred Aamir Khan. His other favourite films are 'The Departed' and 'The Pursuit of Happyness'.
Not only that- Zaheer Khan also revealed that when he was just starting out, and time came to make the key decision over whether he would pursue Cricket professionally or something else, the other option was Engineering. He even indicated that he he had reached a stage where he had secured an Engineering seat, though one can safely assume he eschewed it to play Cricket at the highest level.
Zaheer Khan further spoke about his favourite food preferences which were a simple sportsperson's combination of salad and non-vegetarian food.
During the interview, Zaheer Khan went ahead to speak about MS Dhoni and said, "MS Dhoni used to always tell me if things are not going your way just get angry and pick a fight with someone to put you in that zone. So there were times when I had to get aggressive and pick a fight which would get me in the zone and get me going. But I always used to like things to be under my control. And I have paid the price to be aggressive and over-aggressive and later I found control over those things."
While speaking about whether Rohit Sharma, the 'Hitman' gets the due credit for performing really well during the matches, Zaheer Khan said, "Yes, he does. It has also been announced that he will be the opening batsman for the test match. He has been a very consistent performer for the Indian team and world cup was the epitome of the success he can achieve. He has been a special talent and has been putting up those numbers as well."
With 610 international wickets, Zaheer finished as one of India's most successful bowlers, being the fourth-highest wicket-taker for India across formats. Though Zaheer played only a few international matches in the last years of his career after being dogged by injuries in May 2014, he managed to play seven games in IPL 2015. Zaheer finished his Test career with an average of 32.94 and an ODI career with 282 wickets at 29.43. After his international debut in 2000, his most prominent performance in Tests came on the England tour of 2007 when he finished with 18 wickets at an average of 20.33.