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The one who did not have any number on his debut shirt, became the world’s No.1 bowler today

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New Delhi: England fast bowler James Anderson has become the world's number 1 bowler in the ICC Test rankings. Anderson reached the top spot with 866 points in the latest rankings released on Wednesday. Along with this, 40-year-old Anderson also broke the 87-year-old record.

Earlier in 1936, 40-year-old Australian bowler Clarrie Grimmett achieved this feat. James Anderson is the same bowler, who started in the English team in such a way that when he made his debut, there was no number and name on his shirt, but today he told the world his big identity by wearing the crown of number 1 bowler.

There was no number on the shirt in debut

Indeed, Anderson had only played three ODIs for Lancashire when he was included in the England one-day squad on their tour of Australia in 2002–03 as cover for Andy Caddick. There was no number or even name on his shirt. The nameless, anonymous Anderson must be missing it.

The special thing was that this was only his sixth professional ODI match. In the same series, he recorded the most prolific 10-over spell for England in 20 years, recording figures of 10–6–12–1 at Adelaide. After this, Anderson, who made his Test debut for England in May 2003, wreaked havoc with his bowling in the very first match that cricket lovers around the world were stunned.

Took hat-trick against Pakistan in ODI World Cup

Eventually he was given a place in the ODI World Cup. There, he was quite impressive and bowled a match-winning spell against Pakistan. Anderson was the hero of England's victory in Cape Town. He took his first ODI hat-trick in this match. Anderson took 4 wickets for 29 runs in 10 overs.

Anderson made his Test debut in 2003 against Zimbabwe. Where he took 5 wickets in the first innings. After this he did not stop and went on creating history. Anderson's name of calm nature has many records in cricket history.

Anderson's Records

  • Anderson has 178 matches to his name after Sachin Tendulkar (200), the second player in the world to play the most Tests.
  • He is the third player in the world to score the most runs with the bat at number 11. Anderson scored 81 against India in 2014.
  • Anderson is the world's first fast and overall third bowler to take the most wickets in Tests. He has 682 wickets in 178 matches. As soon as he takes 27 wickets, he will break the record of Australian veteran Shane Warne.

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