Wishes poured in from all around the world as India’s legendary bowler Zaheer Khan turned 42 on Wednesday (October 07). The former India international is the only Indian pacer after all-time great Kapil Dev to collect more than 300 wickets in the longest format. Zaheer has 311 scalps to his name in the 92 Tests.
Zaheer is India’s highest wicket-taker in 2003, 2007 and 2011 World Cups (18, 5, 21). The Mumbaikar is also 4th on the list of Indian bowlers with most wickets in ODIs. He has played 200 ODIs and picked up 282 wickets.
The former left-arm pacer is currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as Mumbai Indians’ (MI) Director of Cricket Operations in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Zaheer’s dear friend Yuvraj Singh posted a special tribute video which had a montage of some unforgettable memories.
“To my brother from another mother – who grows lazier with every birthday! Just remember, I’ve got your back in your old age too Wishing you another year of lounging on the sofa lots of love and best wishes! Happy birthday, @ImZaheer,” wrote Yuvi on Twitter.
To my brother from another mother – who grows lazier with every birthday! Just remember, I've got your back in your old age too 😜 Wishing you another year of lounging on the sofa 😂 lots of love and best wishes! Happy birthday @ImZaheer pic.twitter.com/x2fwYoeO1w
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 7, 2020
Former India opener Virender Sehwag wished Zaheer in his own style. Viru termed Zaheer as a person who gives the best advice on everything.
“Happy Birthday, Zakeshwar Baba.The man who has the best advice and interesting gyaan on everything. Khaao Mast Kheer, because it is janamdin of Zaheer,” tweeted Sehwag.
Happy Birthday Zakeshwar Baba.
The man who has the best advice and interesting gyaan on everything.
Khaao Mast Kheer,because it is janamdin of Zaheer. pic.twitter.com/RG4R6KnKgI
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 7, 2020
India skipper Virat Kohli wrote a heartwarming short note to wish Zaheer. He wrote: “Many happy returns of the day fella @ImZaheer. Wishing you a year filled with happiness and success. Enjoy the day.”
Many happy returns of the day fella @ImZaheer. Wishing you a year filled with happiness and success. Enjoy the day. ☺️
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 7, 2020
Here is how other cricketers wished Zaheer:
Happy Birthday @ImZaheer wishing you good health and happiness today and always 😊🎂
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) October 7, 2020
Happy birthday @ImZaheer bhai, may you have a good day and beyond. 🎂🎂
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) October 7, 2020
— Khaleel Ahmed 🇮🇳 (@imK_Ahmed13) October 7, 2020
Happy birthday to the greatest left arm seamer India has produced. Have a great year @ImZaheer. Your contributions to team India in the overseas victories is a thing to emulate #happybirthdayzaheerkhan pic.twitter.com/QLUg6VuFvb
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) October 7, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 7, 2020
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) October 7, 2020
Happy birthday Zak pa 🎂 @ImZaheer
May god bless you with happiness, good health and wealth 🙏 pic.twitter.com/d7caMyf9Op
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) October 7, 2020
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) October 7, 2020
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) October 7, 2020
There's never been a better role model than @ImZaheer for a left-arm pacer for our generation. In fact, he still is a great inspiration for any pacer.#HappyBirthdayZaheerKhan Zak Pa! Beauty of India where Zaheer can be Zakpa😂 #WednesdayMotivation #wednesdaymorning #ZaheerKhan pic.twitter.com/pwZCyD8yKT
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 7, 2020
Happy birthday, @ImZaheer bhai!
May all good things come your way. 🙌🤗
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) October 7, 2020