The tale of Zaheer and jelly bean

  • PTI, Nottingham
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  • Updated: Jul 31, 2007 19:19 IST

Having given England players a fitting reply with his bowling, India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan plans to present them with 'a pack of jelly bean' for inspiring him to produce a match-winning performance.

Zaheer returned a superb 5-75 to help India skittle England out for 355 in their second innings on the fourth day of the second Test.

India's 283-run first innings lead mean they only need 73 to win the match and go 1-0 up in the three-Test cricket series.

The left-arm seamer said he was pumped up after an incident involving the England players when he came into bat the previous evening.

"After I played the first ball, I saw some jelly bean on the pitch," India's pace spearhead said on Monday.

"I removed it and got ready to face the next ball. After playing the shot, I again saw some jelly bean on the pitch. It was then I really got upset and decided to take them on. It charged me up."

"Maybe after the match, I will give them a pack of jelly bean and say, 'thanks for firing me up'," said Zaheer who was seen pointing his bat to Kevin Pietersen at point.

Going with his first innings figures of 4-59, the spell gave Zaheer a match-haul of 9-134, his career-best.

"When I took five wickets in Bangladesh (two months ago), I said it was not my best. But this five-wicket haul is really my best," said the 28-year-old.

Zaheer chose the delivery that got Ian Bell plumb in front as the best of the lot. "I was tiring and that's why it will be special to me," he said.


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