On benign tracks in the subcontinent, James Anderson has been absolutely sensational with the kind of control that he has given to Joe Root throughout the winter.
After bowling a sensational spell during the second innings of the first Test where he broke the back of India’s middle-order with a masterclass in reverse-swing, James Anderson displayed impeccable control and discipline during the first innings of the ongoing Test.
Anderson dished out maiden after maiden after maiden and in the process, he claimed two prized scalps in the form of opener Shubman Gill and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.
While Gill was trapped plumb in front after he missed the inswinger, Ajinkya Rahane was beautifully set-up by the legendary pacer with a series of inswingers and outswingers.
Rahane couldn’t counter James Anderson’s plans and eventually fell in his trap when the veteran pacer lulled him into a poke outside the off-stump.
Heaping high praise on James Anderson, VVS Laxman said that this is the best he has seen him bowl in Indian conditions. Laxman also alluded to Anderson’s reverse-swinging masterclass during the second innings of the first Test in Chennai.
”This is the best I have seen James Anderson bowl in Indian conditions. We saw the magic spell with the old ball in Chennai. A fantastic effort from him in Ahmedabad” VVS Laxman said on Star Sports.
VVS Laxman also alluded to the manner in which James Anderson set-up Ajinkya Rahane with a series of outswingers and inswingers which eventually led to the Indian batsman’s demise.
“The execution of those plans. The first spell, he bowled to Rohit Sharma, he was inswinging it, and then he started taking it away from the right-handers. Very similar to Ajinkya Rahane. He got the ball to dart back and then from the same length, he got the ball to leave Rahane. That’s what you expect from someone who has taken 600 Test wickets,” he added.