England Test captain Michael Vaughan lavished praise on Zaheer Khan, saying the Indian pace spearhead's out of the box ideas made the going tough for the hosts and was "something we can all learn from".
"India, and Zaheer Khan in particular, deserve a lot of credit for the angles they created and the variety of their bowling," said Vaughan, who hit a classy century in the second Test at Trent Bridge. "On the last day at the Oval, Zaheer was still swinging the ball both ways. Using the traditional method he should have been bowling over the wicket, but he came around to the left-handers. He was changing the angles again. The guys would not have seen that before and I guarantee they would not have practised that.
"Zaheer — and I think he was the man coming up with all the ideas — kept doing the unexpected. It was fascinating to watch something we can all learn from. That's why the series was hard," the England skipper was quoted in The Observer.
The England skipper rated Zaheer above the likes of Sri Lankan paceman Chaminda Vaas and former Pakistani Wasim Akram for the way he swung the ball.
"We never really knew what was coming next. I can't remember so much swing, not even from Chaminda Vaas or Wasim Akram," he added.