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James Anderson to surpass legendary bowler Anil Kumble in test wickets

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England legend James Anderson will look to break into the top three wicket-takers list in Test cricket when he takes to the ground against New Zealand in the second and last Test match of the series. Anderson is only four wickets away from going past the legendary India spinner Anil Kumble in the leading Test wicket-takers list.

Anderson picked up just two wickets in the first Test at Lord’s. The 38-year-old has broken several records in his prolific career and is on verge of adding another page in his illustrious career as he heads into the second and final Test of the series against New Zealand. 

Both Anderson and Kumble are the greatest of all time when it comes to cricket both have been key bowlers for their respective sides. They both also are the leading wicket-takers in test cricket of India and England. The crickets have amazing bowling figures which are difficult to surpass inn the coming years.

Anderson vs Kumble:

The English pacer has 616 wickets to his name in 161 matches at an average of 26.58. Indian leg-spin legend Anil Kumble is currently in the third spot, who finished his career with 619 wickets in 132 Test matches. Anderson is only four strikes away from going past the legendary India spinner in the leading Test wicket-takers list.

Kumble remains only the second bowler in Test cricket’s history to bag all 10 wickets in an innings. He achieved the tremendous feat against Pakistan in a Test match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium (then Feroz Shah Kotla) in the year 1999. Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warne (708) are the top two wicket-takers in Test history. Anderson had earlier gone past Glenn McGrath’s record to become the highest wicket-taker among pacers.

Anderson and Kumble

Anderson is also six wickets away from 1000 first-class wickets. On reacting to this stat he once said- “1,000 wickets does seem like a lot. In this day and age, I don’t know if it’s possible to get that many first-class wickets anymore.” 

The 38-year-old is looking forward to the Test series against India and is also keen to help England win the Ashes in Australia. The Indian side is all set to face the English conditions as they will play the maiden World Test Championship final at Southampton, followed by the test series against the hosts.

V Nichita
Media student, Aspirant Sports Journalist

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