Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday said, he consulted batting legend Sachin Tendulkar before calling time on his India career.Following a shoulder injury that has put paid his efforts to return to action, Zaheer has capped a 14-year long career punctuated by considerable success as well as crippling injuries.”Before taking the decision of retiring from international cricket, I had consulted Sachin. We talked about a lot of issues regarding my career and my future. I also talked to Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar and also consulted my coaches before taking the decision,” Zaheer told reporters here on Thursday.Also read: Zaheer was a great bowler for India – Ganguly The 37-year-old made his India debut in 2000 and played his last game for the country in 2014 against New Zealand at Wellington.He played 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.”It was really tough to take the decision. I think it was the right time to take the decision. I am very much satisfied with the career I had. I had taken up all the challenges that were thrown to me in my career and I hope I performed my duties well,” he said.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.Also read: The paceman who never backed off advertisementHe said former India pacer Javagal Srinath had told him to continue for another year in the international arena.”Srinath was the one who told me to continue for another year. But I think it was a special journey and I enjoyed every bit of it. I always aimed to bowl in the right areas and put India on the top with my bowling.”Zaheer said he wants his fans and the cricketing world to remember him as a player who never gave up on the field.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Bowing to the inevitable after an improbably resilient run for the White House, Rick Santorum quit the presidential race on Tuesday, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination.“We made a decision over the weekend, that while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign today, we are not done fighting,” he said.Santorum, appearing with his family, told supporters that the battle to defeat President Barack Obama would go on but he pointedly made no mention or endorsement of Romney, whom he had derided as an unworthy standard-bearer for the GOP.The former Pennsylvania senator stressed that he’d taken his presidential bid farther than anyone expected, calling his campaign “as improbable as any race that you will ever see for president.”“Against all odds,” he said, “we won 11 states, millions of voters, millions of votes.”Santorum signaled his intention of maintaining a voice in the campaign to come, saying: “This game is a long, long, long way from over. We will continue to go out and fight and defeat President Barack Obama.”