Two of England’s most legendary fast bowlers, Stuart Broad and James Anderson, have offered valuable insights into their strategies for dismissing some of the greatest batsmen in the world, including Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, and Babar Azam. In a video posted on the official YouTube channel of Sky Sports Cricket, the dynamic duo shared their tips and tricks for overcoming these batting icons.
The video kicks off with Stuart Broad discussing his approach when bowling against David Warner from Australia. However, the spotlight soon shifts to the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, prompting Anderson to reveal his expert technique for dismissing the Indian cricket legend: “Nipping back, lbw,” he confidently declared.
When it came to the formidable Virat Kohli, the duo’s insights were intriguing. They suggested that dismissing Kohli required a technique similar to that used against Ricky Ponting: “Try and nick him off. A little wider,” they advised.
The video also delves into strategies for overcoming the likes of Australian cricketer Steve Smith and South African legend Jacques Kallis. When discussing Babar Azam, James Anderson displayed a bit of contemplation, ultimately suggesting, “Top or off-stump.” Stuart Broad chimed in, recalling, “He got bowled a bit in Pakistan, didn’t he? Through the gate, a bit of reverse.” The exchange between the two was lighthearted and informative.
As the conversation continued, James Anderson’s own vulnerability was raised: short balls. Anderson admitted that short deliveries were his weakness. Stuart Broad playfully intervened, urging Anderson not to reveal all his secrets, emphasizing that he still had plenty of cricket left in him.
Stuart Broad, who played his last international series for England in the Ashes earlier this year, retired with a remarkable career total of 604 Test wickets. Despite being in the twilight of his career, he proved to be one of the most impactful players in the series, claiming 22 wickets in the five-match Test series.
Reflecting on his retirement, Stuart Broad shared, “It hasn’t sunk in that I won’t bowl or hit another ball.” His illustrious career has left an indelible mark on English cricket.
James Anderson, at 41 years old, continues to age like fine wine. With 690 Test wickets to his name, he remains a key asset for England in Test Cricket, and cricket enthusiasts eagerly await to see how many more wickets he can add to his remarkable tally before his eventual retirement.