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

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 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 honoured 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.