Having played a key role in inflicting another embarrassing Indian batting performance with his spell of 5/20 at Lord's, James Anderson has said that with the way conditions were on Day 2, "Not just India, our own batsmen would have struggled" against the admirable English bowling attack.
Anderson is pleased that he was able to make the most of the swing and seam conducive overhead and pitch conditions at the home of cricket and help his side bowl India out for a score of just 107.
At the end of another rain-curtailed day's play in London, Anderson was quoted saying, "With the experience we've had of bowling on flat decks and the ball doing nothing, when you get the opportunity like that you lick your lips and try to show off your skills. We exploit those conditions as well as anyone in the world,"
Then he added, "I think if we were bowling at our batsmen, we'd have the better of them [too]. We exploit those conditions as well as anyone in the world. I don't think it's just the Indian batsmen that would have struggled."
"I'd have been so disappointed if I'd messed up today because they were the ideal conditions to bowl in, the rain yesterday certainly made the decision for us at the toss but we didn't think it'd do that much. It looked a good pitch, dry with a bit of green grass on top, but not too much. It wasn't particularly warm, but warm enough, and that moisture that's in the ground just helped it move around,"
The whole build-up to this series was about Anderson's tussle against the world's best batsman Virat Kohli. Anderson hasn't been able to get Virat out even once yet and he feels he is "unfortunate" to have not got one past the batsman the wicket of 4-times during the last tour in 2014.
"For me, I love playing against the best players in the world, testing yourself and seeing whether you can get the better of them. It's a really thrilling thing to be a part of and unfortunately, I've not got the better of him [Virat Kohli] yet, but I'll continue to try my hardest throughout the rest of the series," Anderson said and added, "Kohli's important because he's captain, a leader and he's their best player - No.1 in the world. But 90 percent of their top seven have scored runs against us in the past, so we can't look just at Kohli as a big wicket,"
The spell at Lord's was important for Anderson. He would've been desperate to reiterate that contrary to general perception, he is far from a finished product and is still as much a threat as he once was.
Anderson talked about this and said, "All I think about is getting my body in as good a condition as it can be to cope with bowling out in the middle. I was delighted with how many overs I bowled at Edgbaston. For my body to get through that at this age I'm really happy with. I think I mean I'm doing the right stuff off the field,"
"But I don't think about numbers or my age, I feel like, I won't say 28, but 32. I don't feel old, I feel like I can still throw myself around in the field as well as anyone else so as long as I feel like that I'm just going to keep playing as long as possible. Hopefully the wickets will keep coming as well and I can help this team keep winning,"
(Inputs from Reuters)