James Anderson dismissed Ajinkya Rahane in the last over before lunch as India lost as many as three wickets in the first session of play. India lost the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and AJinkya Rahane adding to the wicket of Shubman Gill that Team India lost on the last hour of the day’s play on day 1. Rahane was Anderson’s 900th international wicket as he joined an elite list of bowlers with over 900 international wickets.
On pitches that have remained productive for spinners essentially, the 38-year-old James Anderson has claimed 7 wickets and also helped himself to yet another elusive feat with twin strikes in India’s first essay in the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad. While Anderson removed Shubman Gill for a duck at the fag end of Day 1, he produced the Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal (27) at the stroke of lunch on Day 2 on Friday (March 5).
With two more wickets added to his overall tally at the international level, Anderson attained a significant feat to become only the third pacer, sixth overall, to enter the 900-wicket club internationally. So far only Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne have reached 1000 international wickets. Anil Kumble (956), Glenn McGrath (949) and Wasim Akram (916) are the other bowlers who have taken over 900 international wickets.
James Anderson Climbes Mt 900
900 international wickets for Anderson.
Some illustrious names ahead of him.
Not many would have thought Pollock would feature in this list!
— 🏏FlashScore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) March 5, 2021
Anderson is 38 and in the pink of his health and form. Anderson has taken nine wickets in the series against India and has taken his tally to 32 wickets against India in India. He has taken two big wickets in the Indian innings so far.
With Rahane’s wicket, Anderson took his total tally of international wickets to 900. The seamer has taken 613 Test wickets now, along with 269 ODI wickets and 18 T20I wickets. Doing so, he became only the third fast bowler after Australia’s Glenn McGrath and Pakistan’s Wasim Akram to reach the mark.