Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday (September 12) lauded James Anderson for becoming the most prolific fast bowler in the history of Test cricket.
Anderson cleaned up Mohammed Shami on the final day of the fifth Test at The Oval to overtake Glenn McGrath as the most successful pacer in Test history, with 564 scalps. Shami’s wicket also sealed a 118-run victory for England.
Taking to Twitter, Tendulkar wrote: “An incredible achievement by @jimmy9 to go past @glennmcgrath11. You are definitely one of the finest fast bowlers the game has ever seen!”
McGrath finished his career with 563 wickets from 124 Tests. On the other hand, Anderson claimed his 564th scalp in his 143rd Test. At 36, James Anderson‘s fitness level is still unparalleled and he can certainly end up with more than 600 Test wickets.
In the list of bowlers with most Test wickets, Anderson is now behind the spin trio of Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619).