WC 2003 - Zaheer quickest Indian to claim 100 wickets

Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Centurion: Speedster Zaheer Khan on Friday created history by becoming the quickest Indian to claim 100 wickets in One-day Internationals. Zaheer, who took four for 42 to help his side skittle out New Zealand for 146 in a World Cup Super Six match, achieved the landmark when he castled Brendon McCullum.Zaheer, who has taken his wickets tally to 101 in 65 matches, eclipsed the record of teammate Ajit Agarkar who had reached the 100-wicket milestone in 67 One-day matches.The left-handed bowler said after the innings that he was happy to be among wickets with some good bowling performance. "I was the one who was not bowling the best in the tournament. I am happy to be among wickets today."It is a great feeling to have reached the 100 wickets milestone. It is a great moment in my career," he said. The four wickets made Zaheer Khan the joint leading wicket taker for his side in this edition of the World Cupwith 15 wickets. He shares the place with veteran Javagal Srinath.He also equalled his career-best bowling performance on Friday, having claimed an identical four for 42 against Zimbabwe in 2001. The Baroda paceman said he was disappointed for not getting more wickets after the initial burst. "I was trying to bowl up and did not try anything extra-ordinary. There was something on the track and the ball was carrying nicely."However, I am a bit disappointed for not continuing with the start." Though he claimed Craig McMillan and Nathan Astle in the second and third ball of the match, he gave away 28 runs in his first three overs forcing captain Saurav Ganguly to replace him with Ashish Nehra. PTI


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