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James Anderson, the renowned England fast bowler, made history by becoming the first seamer to achieve 700 Test wickets. He reached this milestone by taking the wicket of India’s Kuldeep Yadav in Dharamsala during the morning session of Day 3 in the fifth and final Test of the ICC World Test Championship series.

The journey to his 700th wicket marked by a display of skill and patience. Starting the Test on 698 wickets, Anderson reached 699 by bowling Shubman Gill with impressive reverse swing. His wait for the milestone moment prolonged as spinners dominated the proceedings for the remainder of Day 2. However, on the following day, he secured his 700th wicket by dismissing Kuldeep, who caught behind for 30.

James Anderson

Anderson’s illustrious career began in 2003 when he claimed his first Test wicket against Zimbabwe at Lord’s, where he also achieved a remarkable five-wicket haul. It took him another 184 Tests to join the exclusive 700-club, solidifying his status as the only pacer to achieve this feat at the age of 41.

In a career spanning nearly 21 years, Anderson has set himself apart from other players. His closest active competitor, Nathon Lyon, currently holds 517 wickets, emphasizing the dominance and longevity of Anderson’s exceptional career.

James Anderson is closing in on overtaking the No.2 spot currently held by Shane Warne in the list of most wickets in Test cricket.

Muttiah Muralitharan (SL & ICC) 800 133
Shane Warne (Australia) 708 145
James Anderson (England) 700 187
Anil Kumble (India) 610 132
Stuart Broad (England) 604 167
McGrath 563  124 

On the opening day of the Test, England, after electing to bat, bowled out for 218. Kuldeep led the attack with a five-wicket haul, while R Ashwin, playing in his 100th Test, contributed four wickets.

In response, the hosts displayed a strong batting performance as skipper Rohit Sharma and Gill forged a formidable 171-run partnership for the second wicket. Both batsmen reached their centuries before England’s skipper Ben Stokes, making a return to bowling after a long hiatus, dismissed Rohit.

Gill was the next Indian batter to fall, marking James Anderson’s 699th Test wicket. India finished the day at 473/8, holding a lead of 255. On Day 3, England efficiently bowled out India for 477. Anderson claimed the first wicket of the day, while Shoaib Bashir concluded the innings with a five-wicket haul.

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