IND vs ENG 3rd Test Rajkot: James Anderson Inches Closer to Historic 700 Test Wickets
The cricket world is abuzz with excitement as James Anderson, the swift English pacer, stands on the brink of etching his name in golden letters in the history of Test cricket. Set to play in the third Test match against India in Rajkot from February 15, Anderson eyes the magical milestone of 700 Test wickets, a feat never achieved by any fast bowler before.
James Anderson’s Remarkable Journey
700 Wickets – A Historic Milestone
Anderson, with 695 wickets under his belt for England, is poised to become the first fast bowler in the world to claim 700 Test wickets. A record currently held by Sri Lanka’s Muthiah Muralidaran with 800 wickets, Anderson’s achievement would be a monumental feat in the fast-bowling fraternity.
The Race for Most Test Wickets
- Muthiah Muralidaran (Sri Lanka) – 800 Test Wickets
- Shane Warne (Australia) – 708 Test Wickets
- James Anderson (England) – 695 Test Wickets
- Anil Kumble (India) – 619 Test Wickets
- Stuart Broad (England) – 604 Test Wickets
Anderson’s Bowling Mastery
Records and Achievements
Anderson has recorded five-wicket hauls an impressive 32 times in Test cricket, with three instances of taking 10 or more wickets in a single match. While Muralidaran and Warne top the charts, Anderson’s consistency and longevity in the game set him apart.
The Importance of the Third Test
A Pivotal Clash
The upcoming third Test match between India and England in Rajkot holds immense significance for both teams. Currently tied at 1-1 in the five-match Test series, the match starting on February 15 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium will play a crucial role in shaping the series’ outcome.
England suffered a narrow defeat in the first Test in Hyderabad but bounced back strongly in Visakhapatnam, securing a 106-run victory over India. The series now stands at 1-1, making the third Test a decider of sorts.
As James Anderson steps onto the Rajkot pitch, the cricketing world holds its breath, anticipating history in the making. Whether he achieves the remarkable feat of 700 Test wickets or not, his contribution to English cricket and the art of fast bowling is already etched in the annals of the sport.