Former England captain, Kevin Pietersen hails James Anderson as the greatest bowler for England as the pacer has achieved success in all conditions on all turfs against all oppositions.
Pietersen airs his views in the consequence of England winning the Test match in Chennai on Tuesday against India where James Anderson returned with three wickets in the second innings. And not just wickets, the legendary pacer displayed high-quality reverse-swing bowling and shrewdness to dismantle the Indian batting.
Anderson rattled opener Shubman Gill’s stumps with his first ball of the day; three balls later, he bowled India’s vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane with a similar delivery reversing the ball onto the timber.
He got rid of Rishabh Pant a few overs later by smartly rolling his fingers over the ball. The cutter forced Pant early into his shot – a leading edge was taken safely by skipper Joe Root at short cover.
James Anderson is the greatest England bowler: Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to hail James Anderson, who is the leading Test wicket-taker amongst pacers, as the greatest pacer to play for the Three Lions.
The dynamic batsman asserts that the 38-year-old has proved himself in all conditions – Anderson has won an away Ashes in Australia in 2010-11 and a Test series in India in 2012. This was a dig from Pietersen to the detractors of Anderson who have often diminished the pacer’s success to a certain condition bowler.
Indeed, he was coming off a 6-for in Sri Lanka. He now averages 27.94 with the ball in Asia which is slightly more than his overall average.
Kevin Pietersen also lauded the England team for their ‘huge’ win. England has now won their last six matches in Asia.
“To be the greatest for your country, you need to have ‘done it’ it all conditions. Jimmy has done that! Huge WIN for England!” tweeted Kevin Pietersen.
The win in Chennai was crucial for Joe Root’s team as not only it gave them a lead in the series, it also catapulted them to the top of the ICC World Test Championship and pushed India to the fourth spot. However, it is still a massive task ahead for Root and his men to qualify for the WTC final which is slated for Lord’s in June this year.
To be the greatest for your country, you need to have ‘done it’ it all conditions.
Jimmy has done that!
Huge WIN for England!
— Kevin Pietersen? (@KP24) February 9, 2021