Team India pacer Mohammed Shami has shared high regards from England seamer James Anderson ahead of the fourth Test at Southampton.
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old Anderson has been spectacular with the ball in the first two Test. He troubled the Indian batters as India lost the first two Tests to go 2-0 down in the five-match series.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Anderson achieved the highest ranking by an England bowler in Test history. His spell of 5 for 20 and 4 for 23 in the second Test at Lord’s had made his coach Trevor Bayliss that he could play until he’s 40.
Mohammed Shami wished James Anderson, who is on the brink of becoming the highest Test wicket-taker among fast bowlers. He is six short of Australia’s Glenn McGrath, who has 563 wickets to his name.
“As far as learning goes, when you see a senior player (Anderson) performing before you like that, you observe him as much as you can. I am always looking at how he doesn’t have as much pace as us but still takes wickets – what lengths does he bowl? You get to learn these things. He’s a different bowler in different conditions,” Shami told reporters.
We are looking at one match at a time
Mohammed Shami admitted that it is their duty to deliver in this kind of conditions. He also stated that they are taking one match at a time and reducing their targets.
“The responsibility is on fast bowlers to deliver in these conditions. We try out best and we have been trying our best. In the last series (in South Africa), you have seen we have done our job well too.
“So the attempt is to not look at this entire series, but take it match by match. It is better for us to shorten it and look at it in that manner,” said Shami.
The fourth Test between India and England starts from August 30 (Thursday). India will look to level the series with momentum on their side with the win at Trent Bridge.