For a batsman number 11, Mohammed Siraj was too brave to not only have an oral conversation with the legendary James Anderson, but also to put his shoulder in the England pacer’s shoulders.
This incident took place on day 3 of the running test between India and England at Trent Bridge when Siraj was on his adventurous batting expedition against the English pacers and was swinging wildly for everything.
During the 84th over, bowled by James Anderson, who had already taken 4 wickets and was looking for his 31st Test, Siraj swung his bat at a short delivery and did not miss it surprisingly.
Moments later, when he was the end of the non-scorer, James Anderson, while returning to his bowling, threw a few words at the Indian pacemaker; Siraj not only chopped back with words, but also with the English seam bowler shrugged his shoulder and stared at him for a while. It remains to be seen whether Siraj or both will handle a penalty kick from the match referee for this physical contact that may have been caused.
Siraj, the batsman number 11, scored 7 runs but important to share a tenth wicket of 33 runs with Jaspirt Bumrah, who scored 28, to increase India’s lead to 95 runs.
Watch: Mohammed Siraj shrugs at James Anderson as they exchange heated words
– Ashwani Pratap Singh (@ Ashwani45singh) 6 August 2021
James Anderson becomes third highest Test wicket tester
With his stunning 4-wicket wicket in India’s first innings, James Anderson went past Anil Kumble’s 619 wicket. The Lancastrian now has 621 Test wickets in his pocket and is the third tallest wicketkeeper in the longest format. Muttiah Muralitharan with 800 wickets and Shane Warne with 708 wickets are just ahead of him; he was already the leading wicketkeeper among pacers.
James Anderson made his Test debut in 2003, averaging 26.59 in his career of 163 Tests. Recently, he revealed that he had doubts about his career when he injured his calf in 2019. But it was his wife, Daniella, who persuaded him to continue.
” A big reason I still play cricket is my wife. She really supported. When I pulled my calf in the first Ashes test, it was the second or third time I had pulled my calf, and I was really considering whether I wanted to undergo the rehabilitation again. She actually took us away on vacation and said I should stop being stupid. She told me I had to keep going, “the pacemaker said before the first test.