The coolest pace bowler who could outthink any batsman: Tributes pour in for Zaheer Khan

Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday due to a shoulder injury that proved to be the latest setback in his efforts to return to action.

 The coolest pace bowler who could outthink any batsman: Tributes pour in for Zaheer Khan

File photo of Zaheer Khan. Reuters.

The 37-year-old ended his 14-year long international career due to a series of injuries, the latest being a shoulder complaint. He made his India debut in 2000 and played his last game for the country in 2014 against New Zealand at Wellington.

He is leaving the stage after playing in 92 Tests and 200 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), picking up 282 and 311 wickets, respectively. He also claimed 17 wickets in as many T20 internationals.

The Shrirampur-born quick is India's fourth highest wicket-taker in Tests after spin legend Anil Kumble (619), pace king Kapil Dev (434) and veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (417). He picked 282 wickets in 200 ODIs he played, besides 17 scalps from as many Twenty20s and was the joint highest wicket-taker in the 2011 World Cup along with Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, claiming 21 wickets at an average of 18.76.

He will however call time on his domestic career after the conclusion on the 2016 Indian Premier league (IPL 9). Zaheer played for Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 IPL and for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.

Tributes have been pouring in for Zaheer from cricketers, past and present.

This is what Indian cricketers, of this generation and the past, had to say about Zak.

And saving the best for the last.

Perhaps more meaningful is Zaheer's competitors from other countries appreciating his talent.

Updated Date: Oct 15, 2015 18:35:04 IST