James Anderson turned in one of the finest spells of his distinguished career to lead England to an unforgettable 227-run victory against India, then nonchalantly claimed his reverse-swing masterclass was nothing "out of the ordinary".
His captain, though, begged to differ. "He's just the GOAT I reckon, leave it there," smiled Joe Root, repeating his 'Greatest of All-Time' refrain from the last English summer. "He seems to get better all the time."
With England chasing nine fifth-day wickets to secure the first Test in Chennai, Anderson tore the heart from the Indian line-up in a five-over stint of three wickets for just six runs.
Jack Leach spun his way to figures of 4-76 but Anderson defied conventional logic around the role of seamers at the conclusion of matches in the sub-continent as he got a wearing ball to hoop in devastating fashion.
His first over the day will go down as a stunning example of the art, sending the off stump somersaulting twice in four balls to send Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane back to the pavilion.
Rahane was fortunate to survive an lbw shout a few seconds earlier and first-innings top-scorer Rishabh Pant was later beaten by an off-cutter from round the wicket, with the 38-year-old cycling through his considerable arsenal.
After 158 Tests and 611 wickets, Anderson was happy to leave the superlatives to others.
"I didn't really do anything out of the ordinary from the plans we had," he said.
"I was just lucky really with a couple that hit the bare patches and a bit of reverse as well.
"So there was a bit of luck involved as well but I was happy with how it went.
"It's always nice to see the stumps cartwheeling out the ground. It doesn't happen very often at my age, so I'm really happy with it.
Root, who led his team to their sixth successive overseas victory dating back to three wins in South Africa and two last month in Sri Lanka, was on hand to fill in the blanks left by Anderson's modesty.
"His skill level keeps improving, his workrate is as good as anyone's I've ever seen and his fitness levels are probably the best they've ever been. He's a credit to English cricket.
"When you're under pressure and need something to happen, if you've got him in your armoury it's a very comfortable position to be in."
Asked to place Anderson's first six balls in context, Root reached back to an old Ashes touchstone.
"I can't think of (a better over) in my time. It reminded me of Andrew Flintoff in 2005, the impact of that over to (Ricky) Ponting and (Justin) Langer. Big-game players stand up and do special things."
Root can also claim to have done special things as captain, levelling Michael Vaughan's national record of 26 Test wins as captain in four games fewer.