Zaheer Khan had a long IPL career and he played for multiple franchises including Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Delhi Daredevils. He was crucial for the sides that he played because of the experience that he possessed. In this article, we will take a look at his top 3 performances in the IPL.
1. 4/17 vs Chennai Super Kings, 2013
Zaheer Khan bowled his best IPL spell against the southern rivals Chennai Super Kings at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. It was a rain-curtailed match where each team got to play only 8 overs. Batting first RCB scored 106 runs in the first innings and set a huge target for CSK. In the second innings, Zaheer Khan made it even tougher for the opposition to chase that total. He picked up four crucial wickets including the likes of MS Dhoni, Michael Hussey, and Suresh Raina. Eventually, RCB won the match convincingly by 24 runs.
2. 3/20 vs Rising Pune Supergiant, 2017
The experienced left-arm fast bowler delivered this spell in the last season of his IPL career. In the early group stage of the season Delhi Daredevils, under Zaheer Khan’s leadership, faced off with Rising Pune Supergiant. Rising Pune Supergiant had a massive target in the second innings as they had to make 206 runs to get two valuable points. But the skipper Zaheer Khan led the bowling unit from the front and managed to bowl RPS out for just 108 runs. The left-arm pacer picked up 3 wickets and helped his team to take down a formidable RPS side.
3. 3/21 vs Deccan Chargers, 2010
Another brilliant bowling performance from Zaheer Khan but this time for another side, Mumbai Indians. In the second innings, Deccan Chargers were chasing 173 runs against a strong Mumbai Indians bowling attack led by Zaheer Khan. Zaheer assisted other bowlers to register an emphatic victory for Mumbai. He dismissed Herschelle Gibbs and Rohit Sharma for his first two wickets followed by Kemar Roach’s scalp at the very end of the second innings.
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