Zaheer Khan is one of India’s most recognisable bowlers, having played 200 ODIs for this country, 92 Tests and 17 T20Is.
He has the ability to swing the new ball both ways and reverse the older ball and the 38-year-old made this an art-form.
Although he no longer represents his country, Zaheer still plays in the IPL and led the Delhi Daredevils as captain last season.
Seen as many as one of the country’s greatest swing bowlers, Zaheer left a real mark on the cricket mad country.
Today’s other sporting birthdays:
Graham Yallop (cricket) – former Australia Test captain, born 1952.
Jayne Torvill (ice skating) – former world and Olympic ice dance champion with partner Christopher Dean, born 1957.
Paul Stewart (soccer) – former Tottenham, Liverpool and England midfielder, born 1964.
Sami Hyypia (soccer) – former Liverpool and Finland defender, born 1973.
Dida (soccer) – former Brazil and AC Milan goalkeeper, born 1973.
Santiago Solari (soccer) – former Real Madrid and Argentina winger, born 1976.
Gilberto Silva (soccer) – former Arsenal and Brazil midfielder, born 1976.
Jermain Defoe (soccer) – Sunderland and England striker, born 1982.
Dwayne Bravo (cricket) – West Indies all-rounder and former captain, born 1983.
Salman Butt (cricket) – former Pakistan captain who was jailed on spot-fixing charges, born 1984.
Sam Querrey (tennis) – American Davis Cup player, ranked world number 24, born 1987.
Diego Costa (soccer) – Chelsea and Spain striker, born 1988.
Sebastian Coates (soccer) – Sunderland and Uruguay defender, currently on loan at Sporting Lisbon, born 1990.
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