James Anderson is a legend in the game of Cricket. And he breaks the record of most wickets by a pace bowler to remind the world about it.
The event occurred in the second test between England and South Africa being played at Manchester. It is also the home ground of Anderson; hence it turned out to be the perfect venue for him to script history.
James Anderson becomes the highest wicket-taker among pacers
Anderson came into the game with 945 total international wickets to his name. Considering England’s bad outing in the first match of the series, nobody expected them to pull out a dominating performance.
The English pacers had other ideas, though. With Anderson being the leader of the attack, England gave a prolific performance with the ball in hand.
James Anderson picked 3 wickets in each innings. And was dubbed as the highest wicket-taker among pace bowlers in the second inning when he dismissed Harmer with the second delivery of the second new ball.
It was a historical moment, and the crowd stood up to show their appreciation.
James Anderson now has 951 total international wickets to his name. When split across formats, his stats look like this:
Anderson took over Glenn McGrath of Australia to achieve this feat. The Australian has 949 wickets to his name across all formats in 376 matches.
This brings Anderson to the fourth position on the overall list of highest wicket-takers in International cricket. Muttiah Muralidharan of Sri Lanka leads the charts with a total of 1347 wickets from 459 matches. And is followed by Legendary Shane Warne with 1001 wickets in 339 games. Anil Kumble sits on the third number with 956 wickets in 403 matches.
James Anderson has a great chance to overtake the Indian legend in the third and final test against South Africa.