James Anderson has time and again described about how he learnt the art of hiding the ball in his hands from Zaheer Khan.Zaheer Khan © AFP
Former pace spearhead Zaheer Khan has said he has never interacted with the ace England bowler James Anderson, who has credited the left-arm Indian fast bowler for learning a few important fast bowling tricks. Anderson has time and again described about how he learnt the art of hiding the ball in his hands while on the run-up to deliver the ball, preventing the batsman to see what kind of delivery it would be. Zaheer, who retired from international cricket last year, used this trick extremely well in England on India’s tour in 2007, where the tourists registered an elusive 1-0 victory. ALSO READ: James Anderson acknowledges Zaheer Khan’s role in his career
A few days ago, at an event at The Oval, Anderson revealed for perhaps the second time that he learnt a very important trick from Zaheer. “From Zaheer Khan. We found it really difficult to face (during India vs West Indies Test series in 2007).”
According to Cricbuzz, Zaheer has appreciated Anderson’s comment. He said, “I really appreciate his comment, though I have never personally interacted with him. Anderson has been a great bowler for England and has been someone who had the ability to swing the ball and proved his capabilities across the globe.”
heer retired in 2015 having played 92 Tests, 200 ODIs and 17 Twenty2o Internationals. He remains the fourth-highest wicket-taker for India in their Test history with 311 wickets at 60.4. In ODIs, he once again is at the fourth spot currently with 269 wickets in 194 matches for India.