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It is a fact that pitches in India do not support pacers much but there have been few bowlers produced by the nation who excelled in such conditions. One of those bowlers is Zaheer Khan, who retired from international cricket in October 2015. Zaheer is undoubtedly an inspiration to all Indian pacers and probably the best pacer produced by India in this century. Throughout his career spanning 14 years, he helped many cricketers and youngsters, be it from India or anywhere else. One such learner of Zaheer is England pacer Stuart Broad, who recently opened up on the tricks he learned from the Indian bowler. FULL Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

After having a dismal performance in the first Test against India at Rajkot, Broad made his comeback strongly by scalping five wickets in the second Test at Visakhapatnam. Broad spoke about the trick after the end of fourth day’s play in second Test saying, I remember Zaheer Khan was very good at it, bowling slightly off pace, and then really surprise you with a quick in-swinger. That s something Jimmy and I talked about. Try to get batsmen bowl at slightly slow pace, then hit with a quicker pace at the stumps. Jimmy did that to Pujara. That seems to be the plan and it helped on a wearing pitch.

Broad further opened up on the leg-cutters he bowled during the match, which helped in getting the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane and added, Leg-cutters probably have been quite a good ball for me probably for three to four years. It helped bowling on an old pitch. I felt the pitch was a bit worn, with a some variable bounce. I was able to use the cutters a bit more. It makes the in-swing and reverse swing more dangerous.

Seems like, Zaheer is gaining followers even after retirement. Currently, Broad is set to miss the third Test at Mohali in order to recover from his foot injury.