Injury in the IPL scares to end Zaheer's career

Injury in the IPL scares to end Zaheer's career

Zaheer Khan who was India’s pace sphere head till recent memory, and was the last time we remember Indian pacers dominating the opposition. He had the ability to swing the ball from early days but his stint at the English County season changed him and his skill as a bowler. The ball started moving both ways, on and off the deck as the ball got older he mastered the art of reverse swing and the most innovative is his knuckle ball the one that comes a lot slower than one would expect and effective in deceiving the batsmen.

When most bowlers suffered on flat sub-continent wickets Zaheer was most effective. The historic 2011 World Cup saw the rise of Zak as a match winner, became MS Dhoni’s to go bowler. Whenever the match looked to be slipping out of control the ball was thrown at him and he got India into winning positions, picked up key wickets and controlled the run flow. He was also the joint highest wicket taker in the tournament claiming 21 wickets in just 9 games.

Zahher Khan was the leading wicket taker to India in WC2011
Zahher Khan was the leading wicket taker to India in WC2011

Zaheer has suffered quite a few injuries of late the worst was him getting injured in the first test in England and India never recovered from that loss. He has rehabilitated, worked out harder, got back fitness, got leaner, though lost a few miles in pace the swing started to work fine. Things looked fine until he got injured again the left leg strain that haunted him in the past caused him to return back from England.

In their home game against the Kings XI Punjab playing for the Mumbai Indians who have had an IPL full of struggle losing 5 games in 5 that they played in the UAE. Bowling the final over Zaheer who till then scalped five wickets in six games had a side strain and after the 3rd ball it was impossible for him to continue any longer and went off the field.  His IPL career is exceptional too with 75 wickets in 70 games and the economy is mediocre T20 standards at 7.63.

The injury was serious and its magnitude can be felt by the fact that he is now ruled out of the entire season of the IPL. We hope he get fit soon as this injury will hamper his chances of playing for India in the 2015 World Cup to be played in New Zealand and Australia where the experience and mastery of Zak will be very crucial for India to retain the title.

Zaheer has represented India in all the three formats, has played 92 tests and 200 ODI’s and has taken 311 wickets in the whites and 282 in the colored uniform. Hoping for an early recovery for the best swing bowler of our country we want to see Zak leave the field with a guard of honor, head held high in pride and World Cup trophy in his hands, not sitting back home fighting an injury and deciding to quit. You have to do this for us Zaheer your fans and your country needs you give it your best till then we patiently keep our eyes on your rehabilitation process and progress.