Ravi Shastri Applauds James Anderson’s Spin Bowling Display: Unveiling Hidden Talent
By CricShots - Jan 27, 2024 10:46 am
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In a surprising twist during the England nets ahead of the first Test against India in Hyderabad, veteran fast bowler James Anderson, renowned for his lethal pace, exhibited an unexpected talent – left-arm spin. The seasoned cricketer, hailed as one of England’s finest fast bowlers, left spectators amazed as he displayed his spin-bowling skills in a style rarely associated with him.

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James Anderson was practising left-arm spin

Even former India head coach Ravi Shastri, who was providing commentary during Day 2’s play, couldn’t conceal his admiration for Anderson’s unorthodox attempt at left-arm spin. The intriguing moment was captured on the big screen, showcasing Anderson’s new skill alongside Jack Leach, England’s established left-arm spinner.

Shastri, in a light-hearted tone, commented, “It’s coming out nicely. Very nicely. Well done, Jimmy,” acknowledging Anderson’s surprising spin bowling endeavour while on air.

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Despite not being part of the playing XI in the first Test against India, James Anderson’s playful exploration of left-arm spin added a whimsical touch to the proceedings. Mark Wood stood as the sole pacer in England’s lineup in a match largely dominated by India.


James Anderson, a cricketing legend in English cricket, has left an indelible mark as the most successful fast bowler in Test cricket, surpassing Glenn McGrath’s record in 2018. Even at the age of 41, Anderson’s dedication and fitness continue to set a benchmark for aspiring cricketers, a sentiment acknowledged by Ravi Shastri in his praise.

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In a similar vein, England Test captain Ben Stokes expressed his immense pride and confidence in not needing to manage the workload of the veteran pacer. This testament to Anderson’s professionalism is a nod to his unwavering commitment to the sport, as he believes there’s still much he can contribute to the English side at this stage of his career.

While Anderson’s left-arm spin may not feature prominently in the ongoing first Test of the series, his versatility and dedication to the game remain steadfast. As the series unfolds, cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipate whether Anderson will have the opportunity to showcase his unique skills in the upcoming games.