James Anderson Becomes First Fast Bowler to Claim 700 Test Wickets, Makes Cricket History

"James Anderson Becomes First Fast Bowler to Claim 700 Test Wickets, Makes Cricket History"

James Anderson Makes Cricket History with 700 Test Wickets, Becomes First Fast Bowler to Achieve Milestone

James Anderson, at the age of 41, etched his name in cricket history by becoming the first fast bowler ever to achieve the remarkable milestone of claiming 700 Test wickets. The veteran England bowler achieved this feat during the fifth Test match against India at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

Anderson, who debuted in Test cricket in 2003, joined the elite company of spin legends Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne in the exclusive club of players with 700 Test wickets. His landmark moment came when he dismissed Kuldeep Yadav on Day 3 of the match with a cunning off-cutter delivery that tempted Kuldeep into a drive, resulting in an edge that was safely caught by wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.

James Anderson (Image Credits: Getty)

Starting the match with 698 wickets, Anderson faced a challenging start as Shubman Gill dominated him initially. However, he eventually managed to dismiss the Indian batsman to reach the brink of his historic 700th wicket. With this achievement, Anderson becomes the oldest bowler to enter the prestigious 700-wicket club, surpassing both Muralitharan and Warne who achieved the milestone at a younger age.

Warne initiated the club on December 26, 2006, during the Boxing Day Test against England, followed by Muralitharan’s entry a year later. Anderson’s entry marks the first addition to the club in around 17 years since Muralitharan’s inclusion.

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Meanwhile, in the ongoing Test match, India asserted their dominance over England, securing a commanding lead of 259 runs. Following Kuldeep’s dismissal, the Indian batting lineup put up a formidable total of 477 runs in response to England’s 218. However, England’s bowler Shoaib Bashir claimed five wickets to restrict India’s lead.

Despite India already securing the series victory, the Dharamsala Test holds significance as it contributes to the World Test Championship. A win for India in this match would further solidify their position in the championship’s points table.

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