Zaheer Khan: He came, he saw, he conquered....he got injured
Indeed Edmund Blackadder would probably argue that Zaheer is as cunning as a fox that has just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University.
He was certainly too smart for England’s batsmen at Lord’s yesterday. Alastair Cook fell for his lowest Test score since last summer and Andrew Strauss was outsmarted by Zaheer in the first battle of what promises (should that now be promised?) to be some duel this summer.
Zaheer deserved more than his two wickets and had the ball on a string throughout the day. Even the normally unflustered Jonathan Trott looked in a flap against him and Kevin Pietersen was like a cat on a hot tin roof.
And then suddenly he was gone, clutching his right hamstring and grimacing in pain. With four Tests in five weeks, his departure could be serious for India as their seam attack looks pretty average without him. Indeed, even if he didn’t comically trip over an errant cricket ball, this could yet prove to be another Glenn McGrath Ashes 2005 moment for England.
Let’s hope not. We may be passionate England fans, but this series will lose some of its lustre if Zaheer is unable to exhibit his wares, so with any luck his injury is nothing more than a tight hamstring and he will be back this morning to continue his torment of England’s top order.