Thursday, October 15, 2015

Zaheer Khan's amazing numbers

3          Number of times Zaheer Khan dismissed an opener for a duck in both innings of a Test - a world record. No one else has done so more than once in Test history! The dismissed batsmen were: Herschelle Gibbs, Javed Omar and Tim McIntosh. Omar had a golden pair (dismissed off the very first ball in both innings!)

14        Number of times Zaheer Khan sent back Graeme Smith in international cricket – seven times in Tests, six times in One-Day Internationals and once in Twenty20 Internationals. Among the Indian bowlers only Kapil Dev dismissed a particular batsman more often– Desmond Haynes (16 times).

21        Number of wickets taken by Zaheer Khan in 2011 World Cup – most by an Indian bowler in a single edition of World Cup. His tally was also the highest by any bowler in 2011 edition (with Shahid Afridi who also got 21).

29        Number of times Zaheer Khan got out on duck in Tests – most for an Indian.

42.76   Percent of Zaheer’s wickets in Test cricket were of left-handers, which is the highest percentage of left-handed victims for any pacer taking 200 or more wickets in Test cricket.

44        Number of wickets taken by Zaheer Khan in World Cup, which are the most by any Indian bowler, with Javagal Srinath. Among leading wicket-takers in World Cup Zaheer is joint-fifth after Glenn McGrath (71), Muttiah Muralitharan (68), Wasim Akram (55) and Chaminda Vaas (49).

46        Number of ducks inflicted by Zaheer in One-Day Internationals – most by any Indian bowler in this format.

55.43   Zaheer’s strike-rate (balls per wicket) in overseas Tests – best for an Indian bowler with 100 or more wickets outside India.

66        Number of Tests Zaheer Khan missed between his Test debut and retirement. Most of these Tests were missed because of injuries rather than on form.

83        Number of wickets taken by Zaheer Khan in overseas Test wins – most by an Indian. Anil Kumble is second with 80 wickets.

311      Zaheer’s wicket-tally in Test cricket – third highest for a left-arm pacer after Wasim Akram (414) and Chaminda Vaas (355).

610      Number of wickets Zaheer Khan ended with in international cricket (Tests, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals combined). Only Anil Kumble (956), Harbhajan Singh (706) and Kapil Dev (687) have taken more wickets among Indian bowlers.

4          Number of sixes Zaheer Khan hit off Henry Olonga in one over in a one-day international against Zimbabwe (at Jodhpur in 2000). He was the first Indian batsman ever to hit four sixes in one over!

75        Zaheer Khan’s highest score in Test cricket (v Bangladesh at Dhaka in December 2004). It was then the highest score by a number 11 batsman in Test cricket and remained so for next seven years until West Indies’ Tino Best broke it in 2012