James Anderson is arguably the greatest fast bowler of this generation. As his career has progressed Anderson has just gotten better and taken his game to another level. The 38-year-old is still going strong and is again expected to be a dangerman for team India in the upcoming Test series.
In the second half of his career, Anderson has drastically improved his away record which now makes him a complete fast bowler. Especially against India, Anderson has always been successful whether it be in India or England. He was a key architect in 2012 when England created history and went on to win the Test series in India by 2-1.
James Anderson has the most wickets for any fast bowler in Tests
The great fast bowler picked a memorable six-wicket haul at Kolkata and became one of the very few to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli in the same innings. Statistically speaking Anderson has an enviable Test record which puts him in an elite category.
Overall Test numbers of James Anderson
Matches – 157
Wickets – 606
Average – 26.60
Numbers don’t lie and these career stats of Anderson certainly proves that he is an all-time great fast bowler. As far as his record in India is concerned he may not have outstanding numbers but now he has mastered the art of bowling even in the sub-continent conditions. In his last Test match, he picked a 6 wicket haul in Sri Lanka and helped his side win the Test series 2-0.
James Anderson vs India in Tests
27 matches, 110 wickets, 25.98 average, best 5-20
10 matches, 26 wickets, 33.46 average, best 4-40
Meanwhile, Anderson has the most wickets for any fast bowler in Test history with 606 wickets. Overall he is 4th on the list behind M Muralitharan, Shane Warne, and Anil Kumble.
Lastly, if England wants to do the unthinkable and win a Test series in India they need Anderson at the top of his game. The legendary fast bowler will certainly be a major threat for all India batsmen in the 4 Test match series that begins from 5 February in Chennai.