England’s legendary fast bowler James Anderson surprised fans and commentators, including former India head coach Ravi Shastri, with his unexpected left-arm spin during Day 2’s play.

During the first Test against India in Hyderabad, England’s fast bowler James Anderson surprised everyone at the nets by showcasing his unexpected talent for left-arm spin. Known for his blistering pace, Anderson rolled his arm over in a different style, leaving onlookers astonished.

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri, who was commentating, applauded Anderson’s unconventional spin attempt. The moment was captured on the big screen, featuring Anderson alongside Jack Leach, England’s established left-arm spinner. “It’s coming out nicely. Very nicely. Well done, Jimmy,” Shastri remarked on air with a chuckle.

The sole pacer in England’s playing XI for this match is Mark Wood. India has dominated the ongoing Test, and Anderson’s absence is notable in the bowling lineup.

At 40, the swing bowling legend, secured his place as the most prolific quick bowler in Test history, surpassing McGrath’s record in 2018. Anderson’s achievements, including topping the ICC Test rankings, make him a role model for aspiring cricketers. Shastri praised Anderson’s work ethic and fitness, emphasizing his inspirational legacy.

For the upcoming match, England selected Leach, debutant Hartley, and Ahmed, echoing Australia’s strategy in the 2023 series.

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Last Updated on January 27, 2024

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