‘I’m going to be your 700th wicket’: James Anderson reveals Kuldeep Yadav’s surprising statement

"I'm going to be your 700th wicket": James Anderson reveals Kuldeep Yadav's surprising statement

Kuldeep Yadav leaves after being fired by Anderson.©AFP

Veteran England pacer James Anderson revealed that Kuldeep Yadav had a hunch about being his 700th Test wicket when the two clashed in the fifth and final Test against India in Dharamsala. Anderson became the first pacer and third bowler to take 700 Test wickets on March 9, with Yadav being his iconic scalp. This was Anderson’s 187th Test appearance.

“Kuldeep edged the third man for a single. As he came to the non-striker’s end, and as I was coming back to my mark, he said, ‘I’m going to be your 700th wicket,'” Anderson said. BBC Tailenders Podcast.

“He wasn’t saying he was trying to get out of it, he was just saying he had a feeling. We both laughed about it.”

Anderson, however, said the moment would have been happier if England had finished on the winning side of the series which they lost 1-4.

“I didn’t celebrate, there was nothing to celebrate. It was obviously a good moment to achieve this feat on a picturesque ground. I would have been a little more excited if we had won,” said declared the 41-year-old coach. said.

“I don’t play cricket to achieve milestones, I play cricket to win matches for my team.” Anderson said despite the defeat, there were plenty of positives to take from the away series.

“I really enjoyed this tour, obviously we lost 4-1, the results weren’t great but we stayed together really well as a group. There were some young spinners and batters who will learn a lot from this tour “, did he declare.

Anderson revealed what he said to the Indian batting star on Tuesday Shubman Gil in their exchange of words during the fifth and final Test between the two sides in Dharamsala. By the third day of the match, Anderson, England’s timeless pace marvel, had become the first pacer to reach 700 Test wickets. One of his two victims in India’s first innings was Gill, who had scored a fine century, capping off what could be a breakthrough Test series after a series of low scores after a high score. Just before Gill reached his century, he exchanged a few words with the 41-year-old pacer.

Asked at the post-day press conference, Gill was quoted by Wisden as saying about his exchange with Anderson: “I think it would be better for both of us to keep this conversation private.”

Now Anderson has spilled the beans. Speaking on the BBC Tailenders podcast as cited by ESPNCricinfo, Anderson revealed that he had taunted Gill over his overseas Test record.

“I said to him something like, ‘Are you shopping outside of India?’ and he said, “It’s time to step aside. Then two balls later I knocked him out,” Anderson said.

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