Not Smith Or Kohli! James Anderson Names THIS Cricketer As The Best Batter He Has Faced

This week's series opener between England and West Indies at Lord's is all set to bring down the curtain on England great James Anderson's time in international cricket, with the 41-year-old pacer's 188th and final Test marking the end of a record-breaking career spanning two decades.
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Not Smith Or Kohli! James Anderson Names THIS Cricketer As The Best Batter He Has Faced (Photo credit: BCCI)

England pacer James Anderson has named Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar as the best batter he has faced in his career. It must have been a privilege for all avid cricket fans to watch both Anderson and Tendulkar at their peak around the same time and their rivalry was one to watch out for when England faced India in the longest format.
Wednesday's Test series opener between England and West Indies at the revered Lord's will be the final red-ball international game for Anderson, who will be playing his 188th match in England whites, marking the end of a stellar career that lasted over 20 years.
Speaking to Sky Sports while answering a few questions from fans, Anderson admitted that Tendulkar was the best batter that he faced in his career.
"The best batter I would have to say- Sachin Tendulkar," Anderson said. His most fruitful opponents have been India, he has taken 149 wickets against them. In terms of dismissals, the English pacer got the better of Tendulkar a whopping nine times.
The India legend scored 208 runs off the 350 deliveries he faced from Anderson, at a strike rate of 59.4.
Asked which career achievement he was most proud of, the English pacer reminisced his 81-run knock against India at Trent Bridge in 2014. "Probably should pick a wicket or bowling performance but getting 81 with the bat, I think, I still can't believe I have done," Anderson quipped.
In the first Test of the 2014 series, the English pacer picked four wickets and scored those crucial 81 runs to help England draw the Test. Murali Vijay was the top performer for India in that match.
No pacer has taken more than Anderson's 700 Test wickets and just Tendulkar has played more games (200) at this level. But with the 2025/26 Ashes series in Australia on the horizon, England believe now is the right time to jettison Anderson.
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