Whenever we look at the famous Indian victories during overseas Test matches, the win at Trent Bridge over England in 2007 is one of the most fondly remembered ones where Zaheer Khan played a key role in the victory.
The match is also remembered due to the ugly ‘Jellybeans’ incident where English players at slips kept throwing the candies at Zaheer while he was batting during India’s first innings.
India’s spearhead in the pace department, Zaheer was seen showing his bat to Kevin Pietersen. KP was placed at gully when Zaheer gave him a mouthful during that Test.
As a result, the entire incident infuriated Zaheer, and he ended up with nine wickets in the match.
Zaheer was also adjudged as the man of the match, as India won the game by seven wickets, and also cost England the series.
Here’s look at the entire fiasco
Zaheer Khan was a fierce competitor, says Michael Vaughan.
The other protagonist in the story was then England captain, Michael Vaughan. Renowned for his elegance, Vaughan scored a valiant century in the second innings of the Test, but in a losing cause.
A distinctive amount of chatter was observed from Zaheer Khan. Especially, when Vaughan was present at the crease, before the Yorkshireman, unfortunately, padded the ball into his stumps.
Fast forward 11 years, the two gentlemen of cricket met again during Cricbuzz’s pre-match analysis show to discuss their rivalry.
During the candid interaction, the Englishman claimed Zaheer Khan always was a fierce competitor who now has toned down his aggression.