Indian cricket crew skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday hailed veteran England quick bowler James Anderson after the latter reached the milestone of 600 Check wickets in day 5 of the ultimate Check towards Pakistan on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
In 2014 sequence, Anderson had dismissed Kohli 4 instances with Indian managing solely 19 runs in 50 deliveries in what turned out to be a horrendous tour for him. However 4 years later when he returned to England, Kohli dominated the veteran pacer scoring 114 runs off 270 deliveries with no dismissal.
“Congratulations @jimmy9 for this excellent achievement of 600 wickets. Positively the most effective bowlers I’ve confronted,” Kohli tweeted.
Congratulations @jimmy9 for this excellent achievement of 600 wickets. Positively the most effective bowlers I’ve confronted.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 25, 2020
Azhar Ali, who had scored an unbeaten 141 in Pakistan’s first innings, was stunned by the bounce that Anderson generated because the ball ended up deflecting off the shoulder of his bat to England captain Joe Root on the lone slip place. Root pocketed the ball regardless of it coming at a superb tempo at him.
Anderson is now the fourth highest wicket-taker of all time in Check cricket behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619). Amongst quick bowlers, the 38-year-old is adopted by Glenn McGrath (563), Courtney Walsh (519) and his long-time new ball accomplice Stuart Broad (514).
Azhar Ali’s wicket was the second Anderson took within the innings after that of opener Abid Ali. He ended the primary innings with figures of 5/56.
(with IANS inputs)
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