India tour of England: James Anderson sends warning to Virat Kohli & Co with 1000 first-class wickets, says ‘I could be the last to do it’

James anderson has warned Virat Kohli and Co. having claimed 1000 first-class wickets ahead of the India tour of England.
James anderson has warned Virat Kohli and Co. having claimed 1000 first-class wickets ahead of the India tour of England.

India tour of England: James Anderson has sent a big warning to Virat Kohli’s Team India ahead of their five-match Test series against England with a vintage display for Lancashire at Old Trafford. The veteran pacer claimed his 1000th first-class wicket en route a splendid spell on day two of Lancashire’s County Championship match against Kent. The 38-year-old registered magical figures of 7/19 as Kent were bowled out for a paltry 74 on Day 2. 

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James Anderson believes that he could be the last person to have achieved the milestone of 1000 FC wickets after a stellar seven-wicket haul for Lancashire. The England pacer became the first pacer after Andrew Caddick in 2005 to reach the milestone and is the 216th player overall. Anderson admitted that he could be the last to do it, especially considering the packed international schedules, and feels very special to have reached the mark, especially while playing for Lancashire. 

As quoted by espncricinfo.com, Anderson said at the close, “It feels special to get the milestone here where I took my first wicket – it still sounds ridiculous to think I’ve taken 1000 wickets. I’m away a lot with England and don’t get to play much for Lancashire so it makes that much more special to do it here and with a performance that helps the team. To get 1000 wickets is becoming harder with the amount of cricket that is played across the world and it is getting less and less likely that it will happen again. I could potentially be the last person to do it which just adds to the feeling of it being very, very special.”

India tour of England: The 38-year-old went into the game on 995 wickets in all red-ball cricket and picked up his 1000th scalp with Heino Kuhn edging a trademark outswinger through to the keeper to help him reach the milestone. Anderson is already the most prolific fast bowler in Test history and became the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets last year. The 38-year-old remains central to England’s plans in the longest format of the game and will be a thorn in the flesh for Virat Kohli and Co. during their five-test tour starting in August. 

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India tour of England: Team India’s struggles with the moving ball are well documented and were more pronounced in their WTC Final loss to New Zealand last month. Captain Virat Kohli would hope that his team can adapt well and counter the threat posed by Anderson and Co, with the England pacer especially overjoyed by his recent achievements. Anderson has picked up 118 wickets against India in his career, with 84 off them coming in home conditions, something Team India will be aware of and will hope to overcome.