Ageless Anderson is the greatest fast bowler – James Anderson, England’s most prolific and skilful bowler in the history of Test cricket ripped apart the famed Indian batting line-up on the opening day of the third Test in Leeds on Wednesday.
Virat Kohli misread the conditions and having opted to bat first, it was Anderson who did the talking with his swing polishing off the Indian top-order. And when Anderson let out a loud roar and sprinted towards his teammates after snapping Kohli, it was confirmed that Anderson made Kohli his bunny.
Anderson joined Australia spinner Nathan Lyon in dismissing India skipper Virat Kohli for the maximum number of times in Test cricket. Both Anderson and Lyon have now dismissed Kohli seven times in Test cricket.
Anderson is ageless and the England speedster is the greatest fast bowler ever to play the game. In 165 Test matches, Anderson has claimed 629 wickets (and counting) and is third in the list of most wickets by a bowler.
Legendary spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne with 800 and 708 wickets lead the chart.
At 39 years of age, Anderson played the wrecker-in-chief and with a roaring Leeds crowd behind him, set the tone with his 3-6 as England bowled out India for a paltry 78.
The megastar of England bathed in glory. At an age when tired kegs give up, Anderson is actually bowling quickly with his magical variations. “The biggest test in Test cricket is mentally, getting yourself up for bowling big spells and playing in big games. That is something I’ve always had,” Anderson told The BBC.
The Secret Behind Anderson’s Longevity
It’s not the pace nor the skill that makes Anderson special. But it is his longevity that places him among the fast bowling greats. So what’s the secret behind Anderson’s longevity?
Sprint and workout
According to reports, Anderson’s most important workout is the 23-7 pattern, where the 7 stands for the number of seconds one needs to sprint in 50 metres and the 23 is the duration of the sprint. But, that’s not the only secret. Fast bowlers often suffer from back stress fractures and it is this area where Anderson takes utmost care.
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“Looking after your back is important for any athlete,” Anderson told in an interview to Shortlist.
“One great way to keep it strong is to balance on your bottom with your legs in the air, holding a medicine ball to your side — which you continuously rotate between your right and left side.” Apart from this, Anderson also loves power lifting, just like India skipper Kohli.
England captain Joe Root called Anderson as the “GOAT of English cricket” and that stands true. The greatest bowler that Anderson is has another great quality. The willingness to learn and constantly challenging himself.
“He’s finding ways of constantly challenging himself, and he’s getting better all the time,” Root had said.
Anderson was embroiled in a controversy with Jasprit Bumrah at Lord’s where India won the Test match but he was back at what he is best and that’s what sets Anderson apart. The ageless master is at work.