A bowler who could out-think batsmen: Tendulkar on Zaheer

A bowler who could out-think batsmen Tendulkar on ZaheerNEW DELHI: Iconic Sachin Tendulkar and limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today led the bandwagon of former and current cricketers praising Zaheer Khan, who ended his international career today.

The 37-year-old Zaheer decided to call time on his international career with immediate effect but will be bidding adieu to the domestic circuit at the end IPL’s season 9 next year.

“One of the coolest pace bowlers I know. He was a bowler who could ‘out think’ the batsman most of the times. Always up for a challenge…I am sure he will do well as he begins a new chapter in his life. Wishing @ImZaheer all success in his retired life,” Tendulkar tweeted.

India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it would have been tough to make the side successful without the pacer’s presence in the dressing room.

“Well done ZAK on a fantastic career. without U it wd hve been very difficult to achieve what the ICT did.most clever fast bowler I know…Life has just started now,U still can and definitely will contribute a lot to Indian Cricket.wish U all the success,” he tweeted.

Also lauding the pacer was Test captain Virat Kohli, who called Zaheer an inspiration.

“To a great fast bowler & an even greater person, I wish you luck in all future endeavours @ImZaheer bhai. You have inspired many like me,” he said.

Zaheer’s teammates Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh also tweeted their good wishes for the bowler.

“My go-to man. Perfect gentleman. Big Brother. And a legend in his own right. Good luck for your new innings @ImZaheer Wonderful to know u,” said Raina.

“What a bowler mr khan and supper dildar yar. God bless you my brother. Love you zakiiiiiiiii @ImZaheer @BCCI,” added Harbhajan.

Former batsman VVS Laxman said he felt honored to have been a part of the side, which had Zaheer.

“Congrats @ImZaheer on an outstanding career. Was a pleasure playing with u.Will always cherish the gr8 time we had while playing for Ind???,” he said.

Former India pacer Irfan Pathan said, “Congratulations 4 great career Khan Saab @ImZaheer I’m sure there is lot in u 2 give back 2 Indian cricket in the future. #legend.” –PTI

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