Zaheer Khan Biography- Career, Wife (Sagarika ghatge), Records, Net worth


Zaheer Khan is an outstanding former Indian cricketer who was a potential weapon in the pace bowling department. He was an important part of the core national team and served his country from 2000 till 2014. Zaheer Khan wife

Zaheer Khan Biography:

India today

Zaheer Khan is the second-most successful Indian pace bowler after the legendary Kapil Dev. Khan was best known for his hostile seam and pace bowling. He could deliver fast inch-perfect Yorkers. He also had the ability to swing the ball in both ways. Khan continues to excel in reverse swing with the old ball.

Zaheer Khan Information
Full NameZaheer Khan
Nickname(s)Zak and Zippy
ProfessionFormer Indian Cricketer (Medium Fast Bowler)
Personal Life
Date of Birth07-Oct-78
BirthplaceShrirampur, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
Zodiac signLibra
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date23-Nov-17
HometownShrirampur, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
SchoolHind Seva Mandal’s New Marathi Primary School, Shrirampur

KJ Somaiyya Secondary School, Shrirampur
CollegeNot Known
Educational QualificationHigh School
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 183 cm

in meters- 1.83 m

in Feet Inches- 6’ 0”
FatherBakhtiyar Khan
MotherZakia Khan
BrotherAnees (Younger)
Zeeshan (Elder)
Wife/SpouseSagarika Ghatge
Coach/MentorSudhir Naik
International DebutTest- 10 November 2000 vs Bangladesh in Dhaka
ODI- 3 October 2000 vs Kenya in Nairobi
T20- 1 December 2006 vs South Africa in Johannesburg
Jersey Number#34(India)

#34(IPL, County Cricket)
Domestic/State TeamBaroda
IPL TeamDelhi Daredevils
,Mumbai Indians
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Batting StyleRight-handed
Bowling StyleLeft Arm Medium Fast
Milestones• Took a total of 44 World Cup wickets, highest by an Indian and 5th highest overall.

• Has a total of 610 international wickets (311 in Test, 282 in ODI and 17 in T20).

• Took 11 5-fors in Test match cricket (out of which 8 were outside India).

• In his debut County match for Worcestershire, he took 10 wickets.

• Highest Test score of 75 vs Bangladesh.
Major Honours2011 ICC World Cup Winner
Favourite Things
Favourite Cricketer(s)Sachin Tendulkar
Sir Vivian Richards
Wasim Akram
Favourite OpponentAustralia
Favourite BallReverse Swing
Favourite Cricket GroundWankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Favourite Food(s)Mutton Biryani
Favourite Actor(s)Amitabh Bachchan
Amir Khan
Favourite Tennies PlayerRoger Federer
Hobbies Reading and Travelling
Net Worth$35 million

Zaheer Khan Family:

Zaheer Khan Biography
India times

Zaheer Khan was born on October 7, 1978, in Shrirampur, Maharashtra in a Marathi Muslim family. His father Bakhtiyar Khan was a photographer and mother Zakia Khan was a teacher. He has an elder brother named Zeeshan and a Zaheer Khan brother named Anees. Zaheer’s nickname is Zak, Zippy, and Zakky.

Zaheer attended the New Marathi Primary school and the K.J. Somaiyya Secondary School in Srirampur. He also played in the local Revenue Colony Cricket Club (RCC) in Srirampur, after which he started his career in Pune.

Key Points:

  • The superstar was born was born on October 7, 1978 in Shrirampur, Maharashtra in a Marathi Muslim family.
  • His father Bakhtiyar Singh was a photographer.
  •  His mother Zakia Khan is a teacher.
  • Zaheer Khan has two siblings named Zeeshan  and Anees Khan.
  •  Zaheer Khan got nick name like Zak, Zakky.

Zaheer Khan Career:

Zaheer Khan Biography
Deccan Chronicle

Zaheer khan a very popular name in the game of cricket, he is one of the finest Indian players to represent the team in many tournaments and also won some prestigious tournament with the team as well including the 2011 cricket world cup and many other trophies like Asia cup.

Zaheer Khan Early Career:

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Zaheer Khan cricket career started playing for Baroda. In the finals against Railways in the 2000/01 Ranji season, Zaheer was named Man of the Match. He had taken eight wickets in the match which included a second-innings haul of 5/16. Baroda went on to win the match by a narrow margin of 21 runs and won the trophy after 43 years.

At the start of 2006-07 of the Indian cricket season, Zaheer Khan was transferred to Mumbai, where he made his debut and played until the final of the Ranji Trophy. In the finals, he took 9 wickets which helped his team Mumbai defeat Bengal.

I have reduced my run up… This tour will be the first international stage when I will be bowling with the new style. I am a bit anxious and nervous but I hope it should be okay.

In 2005, Zaheer Khan signed for Worcestershire County Cricket Club in England and replaced Shoaib Akhtar as the team’s one of the two overseas players. He made his debut in county cricket against Somerset. Although Worcestershire went on to lose the match, Zaheer took 10 wickets.

In 2000, Zaheer was selected for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. In the same year, he made his test debut for his country against Bangladesh and ODI debut against Kenya during the ICC Knock – Out Trophy.

Key Points:

  • Zaheer Khan Started his career playing against Badodara.
  • In his final match against Railways in 2000-01 season he was named the man of the match with 13 wickets haul.
  • In 2006-07 he played Ranji for Mumbai and in the final, he took nine wickets to haul against Bengal.
  • Zaheer Khan also played for the Worcestershire County Cricket Club in England, where he took 10 wickets.

Zaheer Khan ODI Career:

Zaheer Khan debut for the men in blue in the year 2000 against Kenya.

The year 2005 was not a good one for Zaheer’s international career. S Sreesanth and R. P. Singh made their international debuts and they soon became a regular member of the national team. It became very difficult for Zaheer to retain his position in the playing eleven.

Even the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) demoted Zaheer from a B-grade contract to a C-grade contract at the end of the year. He returned to the national side for the 2005 tour of Pakistan. In this tour, India had three left-arm fast bowlers and thus had difficulty in dismissing the Pakistan side due to the lack of variety in the bowling attack.

It was not explained why I was dropped. I was shocked and disappointed when I was not in the Indian Test side for the England series.

Zaheer was later recalled to the national team for tests and ODIs for the tour of South Africa. This happened due to the sudden slump in form of Irfan Pathan and an injury to Munaf Patel. Due to his consistent performances on the tour and his performance in home ODIs in early 2007 against West Indies and Sri Lanka (Zaheer Khan best bowling figure 5/42), Zaheer was named in the 2007 World Cup squad.

Zaheer won the Man of the Match award in the first test which was held between India and Australia in the 2008-2009 series in India, due to his all-round performance with the bat and ball, and from there Zaheer Khan ODI career takes a swing.

In ODIs, Zaheer Khan has taken 282 wickets at an average of just over 29 runs per wicket. He has taken 4 wickets 6 times, among which 4 times was against Zimbabwe. In total, he has taken 32 ODI wickets against Zimbabwe at an average of 17.46 runs per wicket.

Zaheer has one 5-wicket haul in ODIs against Sri Lanka. He was named Man of the Match thrice in ODIs (twice against New Zealand and once against Zimbabwe).

Zaheer Khan, along with other pace bowlers like Javagal Srinath and Ashish Nehra, helped India to reach the 2003 World Cup finals where they lost against Australia. Zaheer was also the main Indian bowler in the victorious 2011 World Cup campaign.

Key Points:

  • Zaheer Khan made his ODI debut against Kenya in 2000.
  • In 2005-06 Zaheer khan also got the grade C contract from BCCI for his poor form and also got excluded from the team.
  • In ODIs, Zaheer Khan has taken 282 wickets at an average of just over 29 runs per wicket.

Zaheer Khan Test Career:

Zaheer Khan Biography
India today

In tests, Zaheer has taken 311 wickets at an average of just over 32 runs per wicket. From the beginning of West Indies tour in April 2002 to the end of the 1st match against Australia in Brisbane in December 2003, Zaheer had played 16 matches and had taken 54 wickets at an average of 30 runs.

I thought I will use the time to work on those things. I think if it has worked well for me in domestic cricket, it should work in international cricket as well.

Zaheer Khan test record of taking 10-wicket haul in tests against Bangladesh. He took eleven 5-wicket hauls in tests (four times against New Zealand, thrice against Australia, twice against Bangladesh and once against England and Sri Lanka).

Zaheer received five Man of the Match awards in tests (twice against Bangladesh and Australia and once against England). He also won three Man of the Series awards (twice against England and once against Bangladesh).

Key Points:

  • Zaheer has taken 311 wickets at an average of just over 32 runs per wicket.
  • In test he has taken 10-wicket haul in a match against Bangladesh.
  • The superstar won three Man of the Series awards.
Zaheer Khan Stats            
Zaheer Khan Bowling Stats
Left-Arm Fast Medium Bowler
1st class169305342791160187996729/1383.2928513035
List A2532501274515310404357May-424.929.135.7101
Zaheer Khan Batting Stats
Right-Handed Batsman
1st class1692234024897513.64274115-05
List A2531294310474212.2137638-00
Zaheer Khan Fielding Stats
FormatCatchesRun OutsStumpings
1st class4650
List A57100

Zaheer Khan World cup Career and Introduction of Knuckle Ball:

Zaheer Khan Biography
ICC Cricket

The first bowler to introduce the knuckleball in international cricket was Zaheer Khan. He did that during the 2011 World Cup and was very successful with it. The knuckleball helped Zaheer pick crucial wickets of Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Devon Smith, and Michael Hussey.

Zaheer later confessed in an interview that he was secretly preparing the knuckleball for the World Cup. Although he had already mastered it beforehand, yet he never used it before the grand tournament.

In the 2011 World Cup, Zaheer became the joint highest wicket-taker along with Shahid Afridi with 21 wickets. Overall from 2003-2011, Zaheer has taken 44 World Cup wickets. He is tied with Javagal Srinath in the 6th place in the list of World Cup wickets. However, Srinath has played 34 World Cup games while Zaheer has played only 23.

Key Points:

  • He was the main bowler for the team in the 2011 world cup.
  • He is the first bowler to introduce the knuckleball in international cricket.
  • In 2011 world cup he plucked 21 wickets for the team.

Zaheer Khan IPL and Later Career:

Zaheer Khan Biography
The Indian Express

In the Indian Premier League, Zaheer Khan IPL Career started with f Royal Challengers Bangalore (2008, 2011-13) as well as Mumbai Indians (2009-10, 2014) and was picked by Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 auction. He captained the Daredevils in 2016 and 2017. In the 2017 season, he became the 10th bowler in history and 8th Indian bowler to pick 100 wickets in IPL.

Zaheer announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket on October 15, 2015. In 2017, he was appointed as the bowling consultant for the national cricket team of India.

Zaheer’s career was often interrupted by injuries. As a result, he set up ProSport Fitness & Services, a special rehab & training center in association with Adrian Le Roux and Andrew Leipus.

Key Points:

  • He started his IPL career with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
  •  The star Also played for Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils.

Zaheer Khan Records:

Zaheer Khan Bigraphy
  • He became the first Worcestershire player to take 10 wickets on debut match for over 100 years.
  • He took the first nine wickets in the first innings in a match against Essex, ending with 9/138. Had the wicket keeper Steven Davies not dropped a catch offered by last man Darren Gough, Zaheer would have become the first bowler ever to take all the ten wickets for the county.
  • He held the previous world record for the highest test score by a number 11 when he scored 75 against Bangladesh in 2004.
  • He also held the record of India’s highest tenth-wicket partnership of 133 runs along with Sachin Tendulkar.
  • He was the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the 2003 World Cup tournament, with 18 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 20 runs per wicket.
  • He became the joint highest wicket-taker in 2011 World Cup tournament with 21 wickets, along with Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.
  • He is fifth in the world and leading Indian wicket-taker in a world cup along with Javagal Srinath. Zaheer achieved this feat in 23 matches while Srinath took 34 matches.
  • His 300th test wicket was South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis.
  • In February 2014, he was ranked 22 in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers.
  • He became the oldest player, at the age of 38, to pick up 100 wickets in IPL.
  • He was selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2008.
  • He was conferred with Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award by the President of India, in 2011.
  • He has dismissed South Africa’s Graeme Smith for the most number of times in his career (13 times in 25 matches).

Zaheer Khan records as such which any fast bowler would love to have in his name in this cricket fraternity.

Key Points:

Unknown facts about Zaheer Khan:

  • Zaheer Khan gave up engineering to peruse in Engineering.
  • Zaheer Khan always afraid in traveling in Plain.
  • He has dismissed the former South African skipper Graeme Smith 14 times.
  • Zaheer Khan is a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer.
  • He has played for three different teams in IPL.

Zaheer Khan Net Worth:

Zaheer Khan Net Worth

With an annual income of $8 million and endorsements of $0.4 million, net worth of Zaheer Khan is around $34-35 million. After retiring, Zaheer took up commentary for BCCI. He is the brand ambassador and co-owner of popular clothing brand ‘Sher Khan’. Apart from that Zaheer Khan restaurant named ‘Zaheer Khan’s Dine Fine’ and also a sports lounge in Pune named ‘TOSS’.

Zaheer Khan Wife-(Sagarika Ghatge):

Zaheer Khan Wife

Zaheer Khan married to Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge. Zaheer Khan and his wife met through mutual friends and instantly hit it off. Zaheer himself announced his engagement on his official twitter account on April 24, 2017. The couple got married on November 23, 2017.

Zaheer khan wife name (Sagarika Ghatge) is an Indian model and film actress who played the role of Preeti Sabarwal, a fictional member of the Indian women’s national hockey team, in her debut film Chak De! India. She also participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 6) and went on to be a finalist.

Wife of Zaheer Khan was born to Chitpavan Brahmin parents Vijasinh and Urmila Ghatge in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. She was born in the year of 1986 and is presently 33-34 years of age. Sometimes it is reported she is the daughter of Vijayendra Ghatge, but she is not. The family later shifted to Ajmer, Rajasthan, where Sagarika attended a boarding school named Mayo College Girls School.

Zaheer khan’s wife belongs to a royal family as Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur is her forefather. Her father hailed from the former royal family of Kagal. Her grandmother, Sita Raje Ghatge, is the daughter of Tukojirao Holkar III of Indore. She has a brother and sister. Zaheer Khan wife was a national-level hockey player too, and Sagarika Ghatge net worth is around half a million.

For Chak De! India, Zaheer Khan wife was awarded the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress and Lions Gold Award. After that film, Sagarika became the brand ambassador of Reebok India. In 2009, she played Urvashi Mathur in the film ‘Fox’ and Kamiah in ‘Miley Naa Miley Hum’. In 2012, she appeared in ‘Rush’ opposite Emraan Hashmi.

She debuted in Marathi film ‘Premachi Goshta’ with Atul Kulkarni in 2013. In 2015 she debuted in Punjabi film ‘Dildariyaan’ opposite Jassi Gill. In 2017 she played Maya Singh in the film ‘Irada’. Sagarika made her digital debut for ALT Balaji in ‘Boss – Baap of Special Services’. There she plays the role of ACP Sakshi Ranjan opposite Karan Singh Grover. Sagarika’s upcoming film is the bilingual Hindi-Marathi film ‘Monsoon Football’.

Key Points:

  • Zaheer Khan wife was born Chitpavan Brahmin parents Vijasinh and Urmila Ghatge in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
  • on November 23, 2017, Zaheer Khan married to Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge.
  • Sagarika Ghatge is an Indian model and film actress.
  • Zaheer Khan wife was awarded the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress and Lions Gold Award.
  • She also got featured in Marathi and Punjabi films.