James Anderson names the best batter he has bowled against, and he is from India. Watch |

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NEW DELHI: Seasoned England fast bowler James Anderson, who is set to retire from Test cricket after the match against the West Indies at Lord’s, praised legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest opponent he has ever bowled against.
With 188 Test matches under his belt, he stands second on the list of players with the most appearances, after Tendulkar (200) in the longest format of the game.

With an impressive tally of 700 wickets from 187 matches, Anderson currently holds the third spot on the list of highest wicket-takers in Test history.

This final match also presents him with an opportunity to surpass legendary spinner Shane Warne’s record of 708 wickets.
During a Q&A session on Sky Sports Cricket, the 41-year-old pacer was asked about the best batter he has faced throughout his remarkable career.
Interestingly, Anderson overlooked many contemporary stars, instead naming Indian legend as the most formidable batter he has encountered.
“The best batter I would have to say is Sachin Tendulkar,” Anderson stated.
Having played 39 Tests against India, Anderson has claimed a total of 149 wickets, dismissing Tendulkar on nine occasions.

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When questioned about the best bowler he has faced, Anderson acknowledged the prowess of Australia’s Glenn McGrath and South Africa’s Dale Steyn.
“The best bowler I faced probably Glenn McGrath or Dale Steyn. Hard to pick between the two. Slightly different bowlers, but both world-class,” he remarked.
Reflecting on his career, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests singled out his dismissal of former Australian captain Michael Clarke in the 2013 Trent Bridge Test as his most memorable wicket. However, when it came to the achievement he takes the most pride in, Anderson surprisingly chose his batting performance.
“Career achievement I am most proud of his getting 81 at Trent Bridge against India. I know, I probably should pick a wicket or bowling performance, but getting 81 with the bat, I think, it is just something I still can’t believe I have done,” he shared.

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