New Zealand were at the receiving end of fiver Zaheer Khan's devastating spell of seam bowling but their middle order batsman Ross Taylor has no qualms in praising the Indian, saying the strike bowler used his shortened run-up to lethal impact.
Zaheer today bowled mostly with a shortened run-up but ran through the Kiwi top order with figures of five for 65 to help India take a 182-run first innings lead on the second day of the third Test and Taylor was all praise for the visiting strike bowler.
"Zaheer had an extra yard up, but looking up at his speed it was quite normal. But he bent his back and hurried the batsmen up. He bowled extremely well and deserved this fiver," said Taylor who top-scored with a stodgy 42 in the home team's 197 all out.
The right-handed middle order batsman said the home team was "shattered" with the visitors' performance today but said they have not lost hope of turning the tables against India with a strong response in the remaining days.
"We are shattered. We have only batted 65 overs. It is very disappointing in not giving our bowlers enough rest. We just did not apply ourselves as well as we should have throughout the innings," he said.