Sourav Ganguly Wishes Zaheer Khan On His 40th Birthday, Implores Former Teammate To Lose Weight

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Zaheer Khan turned 40 on Sunday with wishes pouring in on Twitter for the former India fast bowler. Among the well-wishers was Zaheer’s former India teammate and captain Sourav Ganguly, who had a special request for the left-arm pacer. Ganguly wished Zaheer a great year ahead but implored the former India cricketer to lose some weight. Zaheer played a total of 124 matches under the captaincy of Ganguly — 36 Tests, 88 ODIs, including an Asia XI match. The left-armer excelled playing under Ganguly, taking 232 wickets in the 124 matches. Zaheer is regarded as one of India’s best exponents of swing bowling. He burst on to the scene during the Champions Trophy in 2000 in Kenya and will always be remembered for cleaning up Steve Waugh during the India vs Australia quarterfinal at Nairobi on October 7, 2000.
India went on to reach the final of the tournament but lost to New Zealand in the title clash. Zaheer ended the tournament as the joint second-highest wicket-taker with seven wickets to his name in four matches.