James Anderson’s 31st fifer reduced India from 278-3 to 364 all out, India was in the commanding position after the first day of the second test, with well-settled K L Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane on the crease India was looking beyond 400-mark comfortably, but England bowler had a different plan to dismantle the innings for 364. and this first inning score isn’t bad either.
James Anderson took the important wickets of Rohit Sharma who was looking dangerous, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane, and later leading wicket-taker among the fast bowlers cleaned up the tail to assure the damage wouldn’t happen like in the first test.
Soon after India’s innings, the Dale Steyn hashtag is trending for the obvious reason. Always there is a comparison between Dale Steyn and James Anderson in the cricket world now and then. Both bowlers are regarded as one of the greatest of all time.
Unlike James Anderson, Dale Steyn had injury problems that kept him away from the track. Had he was not having those problems, his name would be competing with James Anderson for most wickets taken by Pacers.
James Anderson veteran fast bowler started his career in the year 2002 with Lancashire and soon made his international debut at the end of the year 2002 while playing ODI against arch-rival Australia. He debuted in the test cricket in the year of 2003 against Zimbabwe at Lords, he took a fifer in his debut to become the 42nd England cricketer to achieve this feat.
Dale Steyn made his first international appearance in December 2004. But he couldn’t turn the table like James Anderson it took 3 years for him to prove his worth on the international stage, since then he was a regular member of the South African team. In December 2018 he became the leading wicket-taker for South Africa by surpassing his former teammate Shaun Pollock.
Dale Steyn has played 93 matches so far and accumulated 439 wickets, 26 times he took a five-wicket haul. on the other hand, James Anderson took 626 wickets so far from 163 matches(including the ongoing test match India VS England). Stats show that Anderson leading by 187 wickets than Steyn but Steyn played 70 matches less than Anderson.
We could have witnessed different stats if Dale Steyn played regularly without injury.
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