James Anderson, the likely last to join the 100 first-class wicket club
England and Lancashire swing master attains the four-figure feat in County Cricket against Kent on Monday. the one landmark which is looking almost impossible to reach. James Anderson dismissed Kent’s batsman Heino Kuhn to become the 216 bowlers in cricket history to take 1,000 first-class wickets. This milestone was achieved in his 18th season. It took Anderson just 262 first-class matches to reach this milestone. This first-class match comprised 162 test matches, where he has taken 617 wickets.
Anderson till today has taken 339 wickets in 85 games while playing for Lancashire and 44 wickets for England X| and also two for Auckland when he was side-lined near on the England tour of New Zealand. It is more than just an impressive record to pose; it is also possible that English pace stalwart may be the last to achieve it.
Anderson admitted that he could be the last 1,000 wicket man “It sounds till ridiculous to think that I have taken 1000 wickets”, he was quoted as saying after the play of Monday “To get 1,000 wickets are getting harder with the amount of cricket played across the world and it is getting less and less likely that it will happen again Anderson also felt he could be the last potential person to do it, which give him the feeling of being very, very special “.
Nowadays we could see a lot of ODI and T20 were given much importance in the calendar. The impact of this is the reduced number of First-class matches. As the limited-overs began to grow it led to greater stress on workload management for pacers. The top-class bowlers will only be in the first-class matches for match fitness and in the knockout game where their experience is required.
Even for spinners, this milestone will look more impossible from now on. The Top- spinners of this current generation will also be nowhere close to it. The pitches and how the game has evolved over the years this record is unthinkable to beat. So, it is safe to say this record of Anderson will never be broken in the future.