As Indian pacer Zaheer Khan announces his retirement from International cricket, here are some interesting facts and trivia about the left arm fast bowler.

Zaheer Khan
Pic/ Atul Kamble

>> Zaheer was born in a Marathi Muslim family in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.

>> He is considered the most successful Indian pacer in recent times and second most successful of all-time behind Kapil Dev.

>> Zaheer is fondly nicknamed 'Zak'.

with Rahul Dravid and Ajit Agarkar
with Rahul Dravid and Ajit Agarkar. Pic/ Suresh K.K.

>> He has played for various teams in domestic cricket such as Baroda, Mumbai, Surrey, Worcestershire and IPL teams Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils.

>> Zaheer Khan was named as one of the cricketers in the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2008.

>> He was the leading wicket taker for India during the 2011 ICC World Cup.

>> He was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2011.

>> He has two brothers – the elder brother named Zeeshan and younger brother named Anees.

>> He was dating Bollywood actress Isha Sharvani for 8 years.

>> He founded a special rehab and training centre called Pro Sports Fitness and Services.

zak
Pic/ Atul Kamble