At a press conference, Mohammed Shami praised James Anderson for his bowling style and admitted that there were times when he himself learnt the skills by watching him
Southampton: The fourth Test between India and England is all set to take place from August 30 and players of both teams are gearing up for the battle.
This Test will be significant for the English speedster James Anderson because he is seven wickets away from becoming the highest pace-bowling wicket-taker of all time, surpassing Australian legend Glenn McGrath. Anderson has 557 wickets to his name and this achievement would be no mean feat.
Anderson has no dearth of admirers and Indian bowler Mohammad Shami is among them.
At a press conference, Shami praised Anderson for his bowling style and admitted that there were times when he himself learnt the skills by watching him.
Shami said, "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.”
“No matter where a player comes from, the first thing you have to see is what he works on in home conditions. We have been able to learn a great deal from Anderson. We saw him on the last tour here as well and he bowled really well. So far, what I've learnt from Anderson is that more accurate you are, the better it is for you,” he added.
Taking note of the fact that out of 46 English wickets in the three Tests, 38 were picked up by the pacers, Shami stated that it is their duty to deliver in favourable conditions, just like it was in South Africa in early 2018.
The five-Test rubber stands at 2-1 in favour of the hosts.
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Last Updated Sep 9, 2018, 9:55 AM IST