England’s fast bowler James Anderson recently took his 564th Test wicket and surpassed Glenn McGrath to be the most successful fast bowler of all time in Test cricket. But despite this stupendous achievement, Anderson believes that McGrath and South African fast bowler Dale Steyn are better fast bowlers than him.
“I’ll tell you something about Glenn McGrath - he was as much better bowler than me. This is not false modesty,” Anderson said.
He did not stop here and pointed out various things that make McGrath better than him.
Anderson shared, “I may have gone past his wicket rally but I honestly believe McGrath’s bounce, relentless accuracy, aggression and ability to move the ball made him superior. He had everything. And it is not a random, top-of-the-head assessment, either. I’ve been studying all of the great fast bowlers since I was about eight years old.”
Anderson is now fourth on the all-time list behind a trio of spinners – Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets), Shane Warne (708 wickets) and Anil Kumble (619 wickets).
But, despite his monumental achievements, the 36-year-old English bowler feels that he still has a lot to learn and there are a lot of areas he needs to improve. He also called South Africa’s Dale Steyn ‘the best bowler in the modern era’.
“Of the modern era, I would happily tip my hat towards Dale Styen. With his express pace, control, and swing, he is better than me, too,” he said.
Steyn is one of the most successful bowlers of the modern era. He was the number one bowler in the ICC Test rankings for a record 263 weeks between 2008 and 2014. In terms of days, Steyn spent 2,356 days at the top, the most by any bowler since World War II.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar