England fast bowler James Anderson has become the first fast bowler and the fourth bowler in the world to bowl more than 35,000 deliveries in Test cricket. Anderson reached this stage during the second Test cricket match being played between India and England at Lord’s.
Only spinners dominateBefore Anderson, three spinners had achieved this feat by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (44,039 balls), India’s Anil Kumble (40,850) and Australia’s Shane Warne (40,705). He is followed by West Indies’ Courtney Walsh (30,019 balls), England’s Stuart Broad (29,863) and Australia’s Glenn McGrath (29,248) among fast bowlers.
3rd most successful bowler
Anderson, playing his 164th Test match so far, took 621 wickets and is the third highest Test wicket-taker behind Muralitharan (800) and Warne (708). It is known that his partner Broad has been ruled out of the current series due to injury.
Big record was broken in the first test too
Anderson broke Anil Kumble’s record of 619 Test wickets in the first Test. Anderson equaled the great Indian spinner on the second day by dismissing Indian captain Virat Kohli for zero. Anderson is the most successful fast bowler in terms of wickets in Tests.
[Attribution to NBT]