Dale Steyn has hailed James Anderson after he was being compared to the England fast bowler. Anderson silenced his critics after he picked 3 crucial Indian wickets on day 5 of the Chennai Test match. The 38-year-old bowler used reverse swing to full effect and bowled like a genius and helped England win the Test by 227 runs against India.
After his match-winning performance, his record in Asia was being compared with Dale Steyn. The two are undoubtedly the greatest fast bowlers of their generation and have performed in almost every country. Steyn slightly has a better asway record which is why a majority of the cricket enthusiasts rate him ahead of Anderson.
Dale Steyn Comes With A Hilarious Reply After Being Compared To James Anderson
However, Steyn retired from Test cricket in 2019 whereas Anderson is still going strong and constantly improving his record. The England fast bowler now has over 600 Test wickets and is the third-highest wicket-taker in Test history. This is why when Steyn saw himself being compared to Anderson his funny reply on Twitter left everyone in splits.
“The only comparison required is that Jimmy is still going and I’m watching from my 20/20 sofa. He’s a legend and seems to be getting better with age,” wrote Steyn on Twitter.
The only comparison required is that Jimmy is still going and I’m watching from my 20/20 sofa.
He’s a legend and seems to be getting better with age ????
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) February 10, 2021
Meanwhile, the two great fast bowlers have always shared a mutual admiration for each other. Anderson has always admired Steyn whereas the South African has always admitted that Anderson is most skilful fast bowler he has played against. The rivalry between the two was fascinating to see during the early 2010s as they kept raising the bar for fast bowlers all around the world.
Talking about their stats in Tests, Steyn in took 439 wickets in 93 Tests and is the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in Test cricket. On the other hand, James Anderson’s longevity is unreal as he has played 158 Test matches and picked 611 wickets which continues to grow with each Test match.