Anderson has certainly aged like fine wine.
Veteran England pacer James Anderson has certainly aged like fine wine and only seems to get better with time. The England speedster, who turned 39 last week, put up an exhibition of high-class fast bowling in the recently-concluded 1st Test against India in Trent Bridge. Anderson made the red cherry talk and took four crucial wickets. In the process, he also became the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, surpassing former Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble’s tally of 619 scalps in the purest format.
Cricket world was in awe seeing Anderson defying age as social media got flooded with praises. After all, you won’t see many fast bowlers thriving in Test cricket in their high 30s. However, Anderson belongs to a rare breed of pacers and it would be interesting to see how far he goes. While some believe the maestro can last till Ashes 2023, England’s Barmy Army sees Anderson playing in 2050.
England’s Barmy Army heaps massive praises on James Anderson
On Monday (August 9), the official Twitter account of England’s popular fan base shared a morphed picture of an old James Anderson celebrating a wicket. “The year is 2050 and a 68-year-old Jimmy Anderson has taken his 1,500th Test Wicket snicking off Virat Kohli Jr first ball” read the caption.
The year is 2050 and a 68 year-old Jimmy Anderson has taken his 1,500th Test Wicket snicking off Virat Kohli Jr first ball. pic.twitter.com/JwKQhataCY
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 9, 2021
The comment section got flooded in no time with fans coming up with different reactions. While some netizens found the post amusing, a second of fans were disappointed. They bashed the Barmy Army for ‘disrespecting’ Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Some even claimed that the fan base has taken a potshot against Kohli over his failure in the recently-concluded Nottingham Test.
For the unversed, Anderson dismissed the Indian skipper for a golden duck in the match which resulted in a draw. In fact, the Kohli-Anderson rivalry is dated long back. In India’s 2014 tour of England, Anderson was all over the Indian batter, dismissing him four times in five Test matches. However, things changed when Team India traveled to UK in 2018. Kohli piled up a mountain of runs and Anderson couldn’t dismiss him even once.
While Anderson has definitely won the first round this series, Indian fans weren’t amused by Barmy Army’s celebrations. As a result, the England fan base was brutally trolled on Twitter.
Here’s how netizens reacted:
Jaa na bey Virat Still avg 45+ Avg against him And he owned him 2018 and Still 9 innings left in 2021 forgot this ??? pic.twitter.com/2ToHHrOjXb
— (@harshiniii_) August 9, 2021
In the same match, a 53 yr old Rishabh Pant reverse swept Anderson for a four to bring up another Test century #ENGvsIND
— Indian Cricket Fan (@Indiancricket90) August 9, 2021
Virat kohli jr will smash James Anderson jr’s ball out of the stadium 🖕
— Alok 🏏( Don’t remind me of Kohli’s 🦆 ) (@CricCrazyAlok) August 9, 2021
The 61 year old Virat Kohli has made his 200th century.This is his 50th century against England. It is raining runs at the Lord’s.
— Vanshikaaaaaa (@18_vanshika) August 9, 2021
— Harish Prabhu (@harish_jona) August 9, 2021
The year is 2050 and a 68 year-old Jimmy Anderson still doesn’t have a fifer in India 🤣
— Dexter↗️ (@MunnaKaTunna) August 9, 2021
Dying for attention.. I think you guys can’t sleep even for a day without mentioning Virat..Such a sad life you guys are leading
— Jithendra (@imjithendraa) August 9, 2021
Mean while anderson Jr will be praying 4 clouds
— Gos (@Gos89507324) August 9, 2021
— (@SparklingSan_) August 9, 2021
Clouderson only gets wickets in cloudy conditions 🤣
— Aqeel Mughal (@aqeelkhan50000) August 9, 2021
68 year old Jimmy is still looking for his first ICC trophy. What a champion! 👏
— Ankush Pandit (@AnkushPandit7) August 9, 2021