Former Australia Captain Ian Chappell was extremely praiseworthy for James Anderson‘s ‘unique’ swinging bowling ability, which he proved once again in the Leeds Test that India took three wickets in advance in the first innings, setting the tone for other pacers to take India out for 78.
Ian Chappell praised the longevity of the legendary pacer, who is the leading wicket-taker, just behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warner in the wicket column in Test cricket.
In his recent column for ESPNcricinfo, Ian Chappell writes: ‘The Headingley crash was designed by a master in his field. James Anderson is the best in his art; his ability to control swing in both directions and disguise his intentions is masterful.
‘The relentless manner in which he makes a batsman with the skill of a seasoned buyer makes him an unstoppable force in his day. Anderson’s longevity, and the fact that he achieves constant movement without regularly losing any of his most important deliveries, means that he is unique as a swing bowler.
Virat Kohli could not avoid such a deftly laid trap: Ian Chappell
With two wickets in this series by Virat Kohli — both times left behind after hitting from the sidelines — Anderson has now sacked the Delhi-born 7 times in Test cricket.
Ian Chappell believes it is the masterpiece of the Lancashire seam bowler that Kohli, even knowing that he was being challenged on the outside, could not escape the trap.
‘The highest order in India may have been humiliated by a 39-year-old mocker, but it’s easier to accept if you succumb to a champion. The big wicket that really put the chips under India was that of their captain, Virat Kohli. It was the seventh time Anderson had sacked Kohli in Test matches, and although he knew how the ambush was planned, Kohli could not avoid such a deft trap, ‘the former Australian captain added.
“At my retirement, a number of cricket fans cheered me on with joy: ‘Gee, you’ve been to John Snow a lot.’ My answer was, ‘I was at least getting to one of the best.’ Not that it’s a big consolation, but Kohli will have similar feelings. “
With the series level at 1-1, the remaining two Tests promise excitement. The fourth rubber starts on September 2 at The Oval.