Indian cricket legend Zaheer Khan is celebrating his 43rd birthday today (October 7). The cricket fraternity, including former and current players, extended their best wishes to the veteran fast bowler.
Zaheer is currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), serving Mumbai Indians (MI) as Director of Cricket Operations in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Test specialist Ishant Sharma took to Twitter to wish his former teammate. He wrote: “Wishing you a very happy birthday, Zak pa! Hope you have a splendid day and the best year ahead. (Birthday cake Smiling face with open mouth and smiling eyes emoji) @ImZaheer”
Wishing you a very happy birthday Zak pa!
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) October 7, 2021
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif also extended his good wishes to Zaheer. He went on to term Zak as a ‘champion bowler’ and ‘successful mentor’.
“A champion bowler and now a successful mentor/coach. Here’s a shout-out to the modest man with a PhD in pace bowling. Happy Birthday, Dr Zak. @ImZaheer,” tweeted Kaif.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 7, 2021
Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh in his message wrote: “Happy birthday zak @ImZaheer jeo mere sher. Have a good one (Hugging face Hugging face Birthday cake Birthday cake emoji) love always brother.”
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 7, 2021
The official Twitter handle of the International Cricket Council (ICC) posted clips of all the 21 wickets Zaheer took during the 2011 ODI World Cup, which India won by defeating Sri Lanka in the final.
On his birthday, relive each and every one of Zaheer Khan's 21 wickets at the 2011 ICC Men's @cricketworldcup ⚡
Which one was your favourite? pic.twitter.com/0uAb6u6WY4
— ICC (@ICC) October 7, 2021
Former pacer RP Singh wrote: “Happy Birthday to the man @ImZaheer ‘s whose gift to India is to show how to bowl fast and swing it with a left hand! #ZaheerKhan #HappyBirthdayZaheerKhan”
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 7, 2021
Here are some more birthday wishes:
One of India's deadliest pace bowlers 🔥
— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) October 7, 2021
— Munaf Patel (@munafpa99881129) October 7, 2021
The 1st time I saw @ImZaheer bowl was in the ESPN studio during the Champion's Trophy, 2000! It's been a privilege watching & working with one of the sharpest minds in the game. HBD to the man who can be in a studio miles away & still infer that the heavy roller has been used! pic.twitter.com/uOlCMaRwl7
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) October 7, 2021
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) October 7, 2021