Anderson will never be beaten - Glenn McGrath
It's just a matter of one or two tests for the great English fast bowler James Anderson, before achieving the feat of 'Most test wickets for a fast bowler, as only seven wickets separate Jimmy and the current record holder, the legendary Glenn McGrath. The Aussie legend, McGrath who bagged 563 wickets in his test career believes that once Jimmy goes past his tally, no other pace bowler can break the record.
Speaking to Daily Mail, McGrath said, "I have an awful lot of respect for Jimmy. Good luck to him." "I believe once he goes past me, he will never be beaten," he added. "Records are nice and I've been very proud to have taken more wickets than any fast bowler in Test history, but any high is there to be beaten and I will be equally proud of Jimmy when he goes past me because the fast bowlers' union has to stick together, whichever country we come from", he further added.
However, there's a worth-agreeing reason why McGrath has spoken those words of wisdom. "Once Jimmy goes past me it will be interesting to see where he wants to set the bar. With the nature of the game these days, and the amount of Twenty20 cricket, I believe no fast bowler will ever go past him".
"Being a fast bowler is the toughest job in the game and people do not see the hard work off the field that goes into spending as much time at the top as Jimmy has. We put ourselves through a lot more pain than anyone else. So for Anderson to still be at the top of his game after 15 years in international cricket and with so many overs under his belt just shows his work ethic and his physical and mental strength."
With a lot of praises for the 36-year-old, McGrath added,"I've always said Jimmy was class, ever since I played against him in what became my last Test series in 2006-07. I noted how he swung the ball both ways conventionally, because it's a real art form. Not many have been able to do that. I can only really think of Wasim Akram, who is another great of the game, who could do that as skilfully."
James Anderson is generally criticized for taking piles of wickets at the conditions favouring pace bowling, but struggling in the conditions which don't suit his type of bowling. Plus, Anderson also stands a little chance to go past the wickets tally of Anil Kumble (619 test wickets), as the English coach feels that Jimmy will play until 40, which itself is unbelievable for any fast bowler. Speaking on these topics, the Pigeon also said,
"When the ball is swinging he's as good as anyone out there, but when it isn't he comes back towards the pack a little bit. That was certainly the case early in his career but he's developed his skills as he's gone on and become much more effective overseas. When Jimmy plays at home with the Dukes ball he's second to none, but he has had to learn how to operate overseas with the Kookaburra ball that, to me, is not nearly as good to bowl with. It took him a while but he's done that now."
"So can Anderson get somewhere close to the three great spinners above me in the all-time wickets table? I reckon that once he's knocked my tally off the next goal will be 600 wickets and that would be an incredible feat.Then you have Anil Kumble on 619 which is feasible but I'm not sure how close Jimmy can get to Shane Warne on 708 or Muttiah Muralitharan on 800. Even someone as great as Anderson will find that a bit of a struggle." he added.