IND vs ENG: James Anderson has brought his Test wickets count to 611.© BCCI
Former South African pacemaker Dale Steyn is considered one of the greats of fast bowling, and it is no surprise that English sailor James Anderson often draws comparisons to him. Anderson, who is the supreme wicket-taker of all time among fast bowlers, recently earned more admiration for his fine reverse swing spell on Day 5 of the first Test against India, when he cast Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in the same match. Steyn, responding to a tweet analyzing the stats of the two bowlers in Asia, downplayed comparisons and also praised Anderson for his longevity in one witty tweet.
“The only comparison required is that Jimmy is still going on and I’m watching from my 20/20 couch. He’s a legend and seems to be getting better with the years,” tweeted Steyn.
The only comparison required is that Jimmy is still going and I’m watching from my 20/20 couch.
He is a legend and seems to get better with age
– Dale Steyn (@ DaleSteyn62) February 10, 2021
Anderson took five wickets in the series opener against England in Chennai – two in the first innings and three in the second – and brought his wickets in Test cricket to 611 scalps. His performance in the second innings helped England take a massive 227-run victory and take a 1-0 series lead as they continue their hunt to seal their spot in the World Test Championship final.
In August, Anderson sent Pakistani Azhar Ali away in the third Test in Southampton to become the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets.
Despite being 38, the pacemaker has insisted he still wants to go ahead, and has even said he hasn’t ruled out reaching the 700 wicket mark.
During the England series win in Sri Lanka, Anderson also picked up his 30th five-wicket draw in Test cricket, overtaking Australian legend Glen McGrath.
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