James Anderson becomes England’s most Economical Bowler on Second Test

James Anderson
James Anderson (image: ECB)

The Veteran James Anderson had the highest economy rate on the first innings of the second Test on England’s tour of India in 2024.

England’s most Economical Bowler on Second Test

The Pacer James Anderson had an impressive outing in India’s first innings in the second Test. He was the oldest player to play in India Test. James Anderson has bowled 25 overs in the match and had three dismissals during the match with an economy of 1.90. He had four maiden overs.

He picked up the wickets of Shubman Gill, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Anderson completed the day 01 after bowling 17 overs with an economy of 1.76.

He remained economical despite the impressive performance from Yashasvi Jaiswal who completed his innings with 209 runs. India finally scored 396 runs in the first innings of the second Test.

England led the series 1-0 where Ollie Pope shined with his 196 runs during the second innings of the first test helping the side to have victory in Hyderabad Stadium.

Former Indian Batter Sanjay Manjrekar lauded James Anderson for his ability to dismiss batters off the stumps.

“He is a reminder of the legacy of great fast bowlers we had over the years. He is right at the end of his career, yet, on a pitch that had nothing for him, he had the Indian batters beaten outside off stump.”

“Eventually getting a batter (Gill) caught by the keeper. That is a very rare thing to happen on Indian pitches,” said Manjrekar.

“He showed his class and the economy tells you how accurate he is as a bowler. And I love the way England uses him. We think he is not bowling enough these days but he is not playing enough.”

“But when he plays, he bowls a lot of overs. In the first session, he bowled eight overs and immediately bowled another three post-lunch.”

“That’s a nice way to use a great bowler, wherein when he plays, the opposition batters will get the full brunt of that greatness,” Manjrekar said on the pacer.

“Every time you see Anderson bowl, it’s a bit of a blast from the past when Test cricket was at its highest. There was quality all over the World with the West Indies in the 1980s and then under Mark Taylor the Australians, along with Pakistan and India had their moments,” Manjrekar concluded.