England’s bowling stalwart James Anderson stated that his 5/62 against India on the second day of the second Test at Lord’s won’t be the last time his name would be written on the Lord’s honours boards.
The 39-year-old Lancashire born Anderson, who picked his career’s 31st five-wicket haul, bagged his seventh at the Home of Cricket after getting the first time against Zimbabwe in 2007 when he made his Test debut.
Interestingly, three of his seven five-fors at Lord’s have come up against India and the latest one was a testament that England’s talisman is still hungry for more achievements.
Anderson got his seventh five-wicket haul at Lord’s
After dismissing Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara on the first day, Anderson got the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane on the first ball of his second day’s spell, where he induced a thick edge that carried straight away to skipper Joe Root at slips.
Later in the day, he cleaned India’s tail getting the wickets of Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah to complete a remarkable five-wicket haul. Anderson said it was incredible for him to achieve the milestone and reckoned that it won’t be the last time his fans would see him performing at Lord’s.
“I made my debut at Lord’s, took my first five-wicket haul here and to get seven is incredible. I don’t know how I did it. Hopefully, it’s not my last time here, and hopefully, it’s not my last time on the honours board,” Anderson said in a press conference after the second day’s gameplay.
“It definitely is as special. Every time you play on this ground, it is special. And certainly, the last few times I’ve come here, I think, ‘would this be the last time I’m playing here?’ I think it’s an extra bit special, at Lord’s, certainly for me personally,” he added.
India played well on Day 1: James Anderson
India could add only 88 runs to their overnight score of 276/3 with centurion KL Rahul and Rahane’s departure India’s momentum was shortly carried by Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja.
The duo could play only handy cameos as the team was bowled out for 364 with Mark Wood getting the wickets of both the left-handers. Anderson appreciated India for their batting on Day 1 and felt that his bowlers lacked some efforts to control the runs.
“India played well yesterday. We knew if we would put the same amount of effort, try to control our skills and where we put the ball, stick to the plans we had, we would get our rewards,” Anderson said.
England are currently 245 runs behind after they ended the second fay’s proceedings at 119/3 with Root unbeaten at 48 along with Jonny Bairstow who is batting at 6.