On Tuesday, James Anderson became the first fast bowler to reach 600 Wicket mile-stone in International Test Cricket. The swing king from Burnley achieved the feat by dismissing Pakistan Azhar Ali on the fifth day of third Test between England and Pakistan.
Jimmy, who had debuted against Zimbabwe in 2003, has been a force to reckon with in swinging conditions. With his unmatchable ability to swing the ball both ways, he formed a deadly pair with Stuart Broad in Test Cricket.
After James Anderson broke Glenn McGrath’s 519 Test Wicket record two years ago, everyone was eagerly waiting for Jimmy to breach 600 wickets barrier in Test Cricket. With the 600th Wicket, Anderson also became the fourth bowler to take 600 or more wickets in Test Cricket. So far, only spinners Muttiah Muralitharan (800 Wickets), Shane Warne (708 wickets) and Anil Kumble (619 wickets) have managed to touch the 600–wicket mark.
As soon as Jimmy reached the feat, the entire cricket fraternity congratulated the Burnley boy on his marvellous achievement. Indian opening batsman, KL Rahul also sent his warm wishes with a little humour. The 28- year old posted a hilarious cryptic tweet, writing: “1 of 600. Congratulations on the amazing feat @jimmy9” to congratulate Anderson and in the process also mocked himself as one of his victims.However, for some reason KL decided to delete the tweet before posting another tweet to congratulate the swing bowling marvel.
KL Rahul is one from the long list of Indian openers – who faced wrath of Anderson on England tours in Test Cricket. It was during the 2018 tour of England, Anderson dismissed him twice as like everyone KL struggled in English conditions. However, as the series progressed KL got his confidence back as he played a fine knock of 149 in the fifth Test to end the series with 299 runs at 29.90.
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) August 25, 2020