Former In the seam bowler Zaheer Khan was exuberantly praising James Anderson, who bagged his Test career’s 31st wicket with five wickets against India at Lord’s on Friday. It was his seventh five-fer at the floor, and it helped England times India puts up a big total from the first innings.
James Anderson’s penchant for the Indian team was also re-emphasized. It was his fifth five match against India; of his 626 wickets, he took 127 against the Asian giants in 32 Tests. He has a brilliant record, both at home and away, while bowling for the Indian batsmen over the years.
Zaheer Khan reckoned that the veteran of the English pacemaker made his appearance against strong opponents very well against India.
‘James Anderson knows the conditions of England from the inside out. But perhaps India is his favorite team. His figures apparently reflect that he really enjoys bowling against India, and that brings out the best in him. Big bowlers increase their game against big opponents. “It gives the bowler great satisfaction if he performs well on a very good side,” Zaheer Khan told Cricbuzz.
Even at this age, James Anderson remains England’s bowler: Zaheer Khan
Anderson recently turned 39, but he has aged like a fine wine. He is the leading Test wicket among pacers, and third overall only behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne. The Lancastrian is also England’s highest-ranked Test player, surpassing Alastair Cook earlier this year.
Zaheer Khan praised the legendary English seam bowler for being England’s best bowler despite his age. He believes that if Anderson stays fit, he will take more wickets and win matches for his country.
‘No praise is high enough for Anderson. The kind of form he has shown so far in the series, there will be no question marks about his performance if he stays fit. There was some injury to Anderson before this test. But otherwise there is no room for any debate. If there is help in the wicket, Anderson becomes so much more dangerous. He can turn the game around at any time by catching a few quick wickets. “Even at this age, with the youngsters coming in, Anderson England’s spearhead remains in England,” said the 42-year-old former left-arm player.
India look slightly ahead in the match with England 119/3 at the end of day 2, which is still trailing by 245 runs.