Nottingham:India paceman Zaheer Khan said England's attempts to unsettle him by tossing jelly beans on to the wicket proved the spur for his five-wicket haul in the second Test on Monday.
Zaheer claimed five for 75 in England's second innings at Trent Bridge to finish with a match haul of nine for 134. India, with all 10 wickets in hand, need just 63 runs to win on Tuesday and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The umpires had to intervene on Sunday as Zaheer exchanged words with England's slip cordon while he batted in India's first innings.
"There were some incidents that happened on the field while I was batting," Zaheer told reporters. "It definitely inspired me to do well.
"On the crease there was a jelly bean while I was batting so I chucked one off the wicket and when I played the next ball there were again some jelly beans there on the wicket.
"So obviously someone was chucking (them) from behind on the wicket which I didn't like so I just went up to them and said, 'Guys what is this all about, I'm here to play cricket.' So they came at me and I was upset about it and I just reacted accordingly.
"I didn't know exactly from where it was coming, maybe I blamed the wrong one, I was just not bothered at that time because I just felt it was insulting. When I removed it, it shouldn't have come there again."
Left-arm seamer Zaheer, 28, said his five-wicket second innings haul was the best spell of his career so far and he attributed the success to the season he played in England for Worcestershire last year, when he bowled from April to September.
England's Paul Collingwood, who scored 63 and gave England hope while putting on 112 with his skipper Michael Vaughan, who cracked a fluent 124, did not apologise for his team's antics and continued the joke further.
"Zaheer came in and obviously wasn't too pleased," Collingwood said. "I think he preferred the blue ones to the pink ones to be honest," making further reference to the multi-coloured candy sweets.