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Anderson turned fiction into reality: Tendulkar lauds pacer for 700 Test wickets


Sachin Tendulkar heaped praise on James Anderson, who became the third after Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne to pick up 700 or more wickets in Test cricket.

Anderson achieved the landmark on Day 3 of England’s 5th Test against India at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala.

Tendulkar recalled his first memories of watching Anderson when England toured Australia for a triangular ODI series, also involving Sri Lanka. | IND vs ENG, 5th Test scorecard

Speaking to then English skipper Nasser Hussain, Tendulkar lauded Anderson for having great control at a young age.

“The first time I saw Anderson play was in Australia in 2002, and his control over the ball looked special,” Sachin wrote on ‘X’.

“Nasser Hussain spoke very highly of him back then and today, I am sure, he would say, “Maine bola tha” — that he had called it so early.”

On Sunday, Anderson got the wicket of Kuldeep Yadav to reach another landmark in his career. In fact, he is the only pacer to have taken 700 or more wickets in Tests.

Tendulkar heaped praise on Anderson for turning fiction into reality with his incredible journey for England in Test cricket.

“700 test wickets is a stellar achievement. A fast bowler playing for 22 years and performing so consistently to be able to take 700 wickets would have sounded like fiction until Anderson actually made it happen. Simply magnificent!” Sachin added.

In 187 Test matches, Anderson has taken 700 wickets with 32 five-wicket hauls to show for his efforts. In the ongoing series, the veteran seamer has accounted for 10 scalps from 4 matches with a 3-wicket haul to his name.

At the age of 41, Anderson hasn’t hinted about retiring from the game. Having already played international cricket for 22 years, the England pacer has set unreal benchmarks of fast bowling for budding cricketers.

Published By:

sabyasachi chowdhury

Published On:

Mar 9, 2024

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