In a light-hearted conversation, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag described how Indian batsmen should play against James Anderson. Sehwag said that batsmen should pray to god and put their bat forward while facing the England pacer. His comments come after James Anderson picked a five-wicket haul in the 1st innings of the ongoing India vs England 2nd Test at Lord’s.
While India reached a good total of 376-3 on the scoreboard after the end of Day 1 and hoped to put a mammoth total in the 1st innings, however, James Anderson spilt waters on the Indian team’s hopes of a big total. With his five wickets for just 62 runs, England restricted India to 364 all-out in the 1st innings. Anderson bagged his 7th five-wicket haul at Lord’s and 31st of his Test career.
Move Forward, Put Your Bat And Say Jai Bajrang Bali While Facing James Anderson: Virender Sehwag
While speaking about James Anderson’s bowling at Sony Sports, Sehwag light-heartedly revealed the idea to face Anderson’s deadly bowling attack. The cricket commentator mentioned that batsmen should mumble the name of Indian god Bajrang Bali while batting against the English pacer.
“Move forward, put your bat and say Jai Bajrang Bali. Just pray that it somehow misses because the spot at which he bowls, there is only one fear, not about the ball going away but if the ball comes in, you will be LBW or bowled because you cannot leave the delivery,” Sehwag said.
Sehwag also praised Anderson for his bowling in the match and said that he bowled amazingly well, trapping crucial Indian batsmen.
“He bowled amazingly well. He has two pet customers, Pujara is there but this time Ajinkya Rahane got trapped, Kohli did not get trapped but otherwise when he bowls near the off-stump to these two players, it seems he will definitely get them out,” Sehwag further said.
Anderson recently surpassed former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble to become the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. Other than Anderson’s five wickets, Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood accounted for 2 wickets each in the match. Moeen Ali also picked 1 wicket against India.
For India, KL Rahul smacked a spectacular century, scoring 129 runs. Rohit Sharma was another good scorer for India with his 83-run knock. At the end of Day 2, England reached 119-3 on the scoreboard and trailed by 245 runs.