Zaheer Khan has had an exciting cricketing career at the international level. He had made his debut in the ICC Knockout Trophy 2000 which was played in Kenya and he would go on to emerge as one of the potential match-winners for India in future. India had a phenomenal tournament where they beat strong teams like Australia and South Africa in the knockouts. He went on to have a stunning career, even winning the World Cup in 2011, and since retirement, has made a place for himself in the Cricketing media world.
During an interview with Republic World on Tuesday, Zaheer Khan has revealed who his favourite commentator is and no it is neither the legendary duo of Richie Benaud or Tony Grieg nor the 'Voice of Indian Cricket' Harsha Bhogle, and not even Sanjay Manjrekar.
Zaheer Khan was one of the greatest pacers in world cricket and believe it or not he has chosen someone from his own department as his favourite commentator. Any guesses? He is none other than former South African pacer and captain Shaun Pollock.
"My favourite commentator. I like Shaun Pollock's commentary style. Shaun Pollock is right up there, he is a bowler as well and he has got a very smooth flow of talking things and he is a very good analyst", said Zaheer Khan, naming the only quick to have dismissed more left-handers than him in ODIs.
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. 'Zak' has represented India in three World Cups- 2003, 2007 and 2011 respectively. He has a World Cup winner's medal as well as a runners-up medal. Khan's first over in 2003 final was a forgettable one as he gave away 15 runs. India lost the match by a huge margin of 125 runs. Eight years later, he spearheaded the Indian bowling and started off with a maiden in his very first over. The Men In Blue created history as they won their second World Cup after a long wait of 28 years and became the first nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Zaheer Khan finished as the joint-highest wicket-taker of that tournament with 21 wickets along with Shahid Afridi.