Legendary Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar believes that James Anderson is the only bowler who could bowl a “reverse out-swinger” with a wrist position of a conventional in swinger.
Tendulkar has termed that ‘reverse’ reverse swing. Talking with West Indies legendary Cricketer Brian Lara on his ‘100MB’ app, Tendulkar explained why Anderson could be integral for England in the ongoing Test against West Indies at the Ageas Bowl. “With a reverse swing, James Anderson was possibly the first bowler who bowled reverse swing also reverse,” Tendulkar told Lara.
in the case of conventional inswing to a right-hander, the shiny part is on the outside and rough part on the inside. In the case of reverse outswinger, the trajectory changes (moving away from right-hander) but the shiny part will still remain on the outward side.
The wrist position is different on both occasions. According to Tendulkar when he checked Anderson’s wrist position he saw him bowling the reverse outswinger but with wrist position of conventional inswinger which is never heard of.
“What I experienced, over a period of time, that he would hold the ball as if he was bowling outswinger, but the release point, he would try and bring the ball back in.
“….and number of batters would look at the wrist position, and what he has actually done, he’s shown you that he’s bowling inswing, but the imbalance between both sides of the ball would take the ball away from you,” he added.
Sachin Tendulkar is changing the wrist position quickly Anderson forces the batsman to commit to a shot. “What he has done is, he’s got you to commit to playing, for an inswinger and the ball, after covering almost three-fourths of the length of the pitch, starts leaving you. But you had already committed, because you’ve seen that inswing position, and that is something which was new to me. Nobody had done that.”
Tendulkar said several bowlers including Stuart Broad have started using the same trick to trouble the opposition batters but it was Anderson who started the trend. Anderson is England’s leading wicket-taker in Test Cricket with 871 International wickets registered on his name. Whereas West Indies Captain Jason Holder took his career’s best 6-42 as hosts England were bowled out for 204 in the first innings.