England exploited dream seaming conditions to rout India for 107 in 37.2 overs in the first innings of second Test at Lord’s on Friday (August 10). None of the Indian batsmen managed to cross the 30-run mark as England’s ace pacer James Anderson wreaked havoc and claimed his 26th five-wicket haul (5/20) in Test cricket.
Anderson’s victims were Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Kuldeep Yadav and Ishant Sharma. Although all five wickets were special in their own right, the delivery that got rid of Vijay grabbed the attention of the cricket fraternity.
In the very first over of India’s innings, Anderson dismissed Vijay with an away swinger. The ball pitched on middle stump and then moved away to hit the top of Vijay’s off stump.
Astounded by Anderson’s magic delivery, veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter and asked the batting legend Sachin Tendulkar to give his opinion on it.
“How do u play this ball ? paji can u explain plz @sachin_rt what a beauty,” Harbhajan tweeted.
Tendulkar was quite generous in his reply. He termed the delivery as “fantastic” and also complimented Harbhajan for outfoxing batsmen with his vicious “doosra”.
“What a fantastic delivery by @Jimmy9! But this is a question many have asked after getting foxed by your doosra as well @harbhajan_singh,” Sachin replied.