Former South African pacer and one of the greatest fast bowlers to have ever played this beautiful game, Dale Steyn, has heaped high praise on champion fast bowler James Anderson following his exploits in the recently-concluded Chennai Test.
Dale Steyn and James Anderson are undeniably the two best fast bowlers of the 21st century. While Steyn was an epitome of pace, venom, hostility coupled with consistency and versatility, James Anderson is a living example of when skills marry longevity.
Anderson, 39, continues to get better and better with age. The champion pacer once again showed that to the hilt during the recently-concluded Chennai Test where he shredded the Indian middle-order to tatters with a masterclass in reverse-swing bowling.
The only pacer in the history of the game to claim 600 Test wickets, Anderson removed Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane within a space of 4 deliveries and then backed it up with the wicket of Rishabh Pant via an off-cutter.
Anderson is often criticized for his record in Asian conditions despite having shown remarkable improvement in the last decade. He is often compared to the legendary Dale Steyn with regards to his record in Asia.
And, so when a cricket website posted an infographic comparing the numbers of both fast bowlers in Asia, Steyn was quick to point out that the only comparison one needs to do is the fact that Anderson is still going strong even as he is nearing 40, he is cooling off his heels after having retired from the longest format of the game in 2019 due to recurring injuries.
”The only comparison required is that Jimmy is still going and I’m watching from my 20/20 sofa. He’s a legend and seems to be getting better with age,” Steyn tweeted.
The only comparison required is that Jimmy is still going and I’m watching from my 20/20 sofa.
He’s a legend and seems to be getting better with age 🍷
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) February 10, 2021
As far as their numbers in Asia are concerned, Dale Steyn claimed 92 wickets at an average of 24.11 while James Anderson has notched up 71 wickets at 27.94.