When it comes to left-arm fast bowlers in India the one name that stands head and shoulders above everyone is none other than Zaheer Khan. Zaheer is by far the greatest left-arm fast bowler that India has ever produced. His career spanned over a decade in which he represented India in all formats of the game and emerged as an outright match-winner. In this article, we will take a look at his top 3 performances in test cricket.
1. 7/87 vs Bangladesh, 2010
This is the best bowling figures from Zaheer Khan in an innings of a test match. He delivered this ferocious bowling spell against Bangladesh in the second test match of the series at Mirpur. In the first innings, India took a massive lead to get ahead in the contest and put Bangladesh under tremendous pressure in the second innings. They had to overcome a large lead and then set a competitive target to keep their hopes alive in the match.
Zaheer Khan made the difficult job an impossible task with his lethal bowling display. Bangladesh surrendered to Zaheer’s bowling mastery and could barely take down the lead. India won the match with ease and Zaheer was awarded as the player of the match for his outstanding bowling performance.
2. 5/29 vs New Zealand, 2002
The left-arm legend picked up this 5-wicket haul in the very initial phase of his career. This was Zaheer’s second 5-wicket haul against New Zealand which he achieved at Hamilton in 2002. In the first innings of this match, India was left rattled by the Kiwi bowling unit as they bowled the Indians out for just 99 runs. However, with the ball Zaheer Khan completely changed the course of the match with his spectacular spell. His 5 wickets helped India wrap New Zealand’s innings and bowl them out for 94 runs. Courtesy of Zaheer’s performance India took an almost impossible looking lead.
3. 5/34 vs Bangladesh, 2007
Another 5-fer for Zaheer against Bangladesh at Mirpur. Zaheer Khan was instrumental for India in taking a huge lead in this match. India posted 610 runs on the board in the first innings and bowled Bangladesh out for 118 runs to impose the follow-on. Zaheer troubled the Bangladesh batting order with the new ball, giving multiple breakthroughs in the initial overs to crush any chance of Bangladesh showing resilience with the bat.
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