During an online session between Sachin (AKA the GOD of Cricket) and West Indies legend Brian Lara, Sachin shared his viewpoint on why Anderson would prove to be a key player for England in the first test against West Indies in Southampton, which marks a resumption of international cricket tournaments after 4-months of a break due to Coronavirus Covid-19 worldwide pandemic:
“What I experienced over a period of the time that he would hold the bowl as if he is bowling an outswinger but the release point, he would try and bring the ball back in. The number of batters would look at the wrist position and what he has actually done, he has shown you that he is bowling an inswinger but the imbalance between both sides of the ball will take the ball away from you.
But what he has done, he has got you to commit to playing for an out swinger and the ball after covering almost 3/4th of the length of the pitch starts leaving you. And that is something which was new to me.
Nobody had done that, now I have spotted even Stuart Broad doing that. But Anderson started this long time ago. So, I rate him very, very high and he is one of the best exponents of the reverse swing.”
Reverse swing is really an art to master with applied knowledge of physics while playing cricket on the field if it is learned properly, it can turn any bowler to a legend and his name will be in the cricket history books in golden letters. A few great examples who were very learned and the masters of this art are Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Zaheer khan, Waqar Younis, Glenn McGrath. In recent days, the legacy of reverse swingers is carried forward by Dale Steyn, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson.
In 24 long years of cricket career of All-rounder Sachin Tendulkar, he was only challenged by only a few pace bowlers and England’s James Anderson is surely one of them. Anderson is returning back from an injury for the upcoming test and with the help of Stuart Broad, the duo will be a double trouble for West indies this time and Windies players needs to be very cautious to face the opposition cleverly.
Amazing Track Records and Scorecard:
Anderson is England’s one of the leading wicket-takers in Test cricket.
– He has taken 871 international wickets
– He holds a record of 584 wickets which are most taken by a fast bowler in test cricket in just 33 years of age.
He is in England XI for ongoing first Test against West Indies and will have a big role to play after England XI’s were bowled out for 204 runs in their first innings at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday (day 1). West Indies were 57/1 at Stump’s on Day 2.