July 22, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar v James Anderson

Anderson has dismissed Tendulkar five times in Tests in just 200 deliveries, which makes him the most successful bowler against him in the last decade
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Not too many bowlers among the current crop can claim to consistently trouble Sachin Tendulkar, but England's leading bowler surely can. They've played each other in only six Tests, but James Anderson has already dismissed Tendulkar five times, and he'll be England's go-to man to get Tendulkar out a few more times over the next month. Given the form Tendulkar is in, though, this is an excellent opportunity for him to correct those stats, and prove that his head-to-head against Anderson is just an aberration.

What'll offer Anderson plenty of encouragement, though, is the fact that those dismissals of Tendulkar have come over three series. It all started in Tendulkar's hometown of Mumbai more than five years back. That wasn't a good Test for India or for Tendulkar: not only did India lose badly, Tendulkar was also, quite shockingly, booed by his home crowd. And in the first innings he was dismissed by Anderson for a painstaking 21-ball 1, edging to the wicketkeeper.

When India went to England next year, Anderson was Tendulkar's nemesis, dismissing him three times in the series. At Lord's Tendulkar had progressed to 37 - his highest score at the ground - when Anderson swung one back into him to trap him in front. A couple of Tests later, at The Oval, Anderson dismissed him twice in the Test, for 82 and 1, getting him once each off the outside edge and the inside edge.

And when England toured India in 2008, Anderson got his man once more, again inducing an outside edge to gully. In all, Anderson has bowled 200 deliveries to Tendulkar in Tests and dismissed him five times at the cost of 96 runs. Those are figures that many bowlers would die for against Tendulkar. (Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie dismissed him six times each, while Allan Donald took him out five times, but most of those dismissals were before ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball came into service, due to which Tendulkar's personal averages against those bowlers remains unknown.)

Since 2002, a couple of other bowlers have dismissed Tendulkar five or more times, but both have had to work much harder for their wickets: Muttiah Muralitharan bowled 366 balls at him for his six dismissals, while Brett Lee bowled 432 for his five. Against Lee, Tendulkar averaged almost 50. Anderson, on the other hand, has dismissed Tendulkar five times, bowling far fewer deliveries and conceding far fewer runs.

Bowlers who've dismissed Tendulkar more than three times in Tests since Jan 2002
Bowler Balls Runs Dismissals Average Run-rate
Muttiah Muralitharan 366 196 6 32.67 3.21
Brett Lee 432 242 5 48.40 3.36
James Anderson 200 96 5 19.20 2.88

Tendulkar, though, isn't the only top batsman Anderson has dominated: his stats against some of the other luminaries of modern-day batting are pretty impressive as well. Along with Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis is probably the most technically correct batsman around, but Anderson has a splendid record against him as well, having dismissed him six times without conceding too many. The modes of dismissal say a bit about his bowling as well: he has breached Kallis' defences and bowled him three times, which is no mean feat against a batsman whose technique is so watertight. Not surprisingly, no other bowler has got Kallis out bowled as often.

Michael Clarke is another batsman who has struggled against Anderson, with six dismissals in 13 Tests, at an average of 25.50. Anderson is one of the few fast bowlers of this generation who can swing the ball both ways, and it's that ability that has troubled batsmen who are pretty well organised with their defensive technique. If the indipper has dismissed Kallis more often, then the away-going one has got Clarke's wicket most times.

Anderson has been less successful against left-handers in his Test career, averaging 35.19 against them compared to 28.48 against right-handers, but he has done pretty well against the two names in the list below - Chris Gayle and Kumar Sangakkara.

The batsmen who've struggled against Anderson
Batsman Balls Runs Dismissals Average Run-rate
Jacques Kallis 337 145 6 24.16 2.58
Michael Clarke 255 153 6 25.50 3.60
Sachin Tendulkar 200 96 5 19.20 2.88
Chris Gayle 160 101 4 25.25 3.78
Kumar Sangakkara 215 144 4 36.00 4.01
Rahul Dravid 225 85 3 28.33 2.26

Over the next month Anderson will pit his skills against some of the best batsmen going around, but his past record against them has two distinct parts. The good part is his numbers against Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag - he has dismissed them 10 times at a cost of just 213 runs. Apart from nailing Tendulkar five times, he has dismissed Dravid three times at a cost of 85 runs (average 28.33) and Sehwag twice (average 16). Those are highly enviable numbers, for no other bowler has dismissed these three batsmen at least 10 times at an average of less than 30. (Makhaya Ntini is next-best, averaging 32.90 for his 11 wickets.)

However, there are two other batsmen in the current Indian line-up against whom Anderson has come out a distinct second-best. Against VVS Laxman, Anderson has bowled 168 deliveries without dismissing him once. Of those 168 balls, 105 were on India's tour to England in 2007, and Laxman scored 69 runs off those deliveries. Gautam Gambhir hasn't played Anderson in a Test in England, but he did well when England toured India in 2008.

Anderson v India's top batsmen
Batsman Balls Runs Dismissals Average Run-rate
Tendulkar, Dravid & Sehwag 452 213 10 21.30 2.83
VVS Laxman 168 90 0 - 3.21
Gautam Gambhir 165 67 1 67.00 2.43

In a previous column last month, the battles of Andrew Strauss against left-arm fast bowlers had been highlighted, and Zaheer Khan struck a blow in that head-to-head battle by dismissing Strauss on the first day at Lord's, and, for good measure, also got rid of Alastair Cook. Can Anderson maintain his dominance over Tendulkar? Given the form he is in, it'll take a brave man to bet against Tendulkar redressing the balance in his head-to-head stats against Anderson.

S Rajesh is stats editor of Cricinfo

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  • prashant1 on July 25, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @JeffG...NOW we're talking. That was my point precisely. NO bowler has "dominated" Tendulkar either side of 2003-08. Yes, Tendulkar has had great bowlers with other great bowlers- but "dominated" he has not been.As explained even the "averages" in matches "involving " certain bowlers you use are extremely dicey BCG : Do you think it is ONLY Mcgrath and Donald singing Tendulkars praises??? In any case...I would rather value the opinion of practically all the greatest modern day bowlers and other players over yours.

  • JeffG on July 25, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    @prashant1 - calm down! No one is saying that Tendulkar isn't a great batsman - he is clearly one of the best who ever played the game, but the stats speak for themselves. In 11 matches against SA when Donald was playing, Tendulkar averaged 32.90 - more than 20 runs less than his career average. And Donald got him out 5 times for not many. The word "dominated" could be argued, but it's pretty clear that Tendulkar struggled when playing against teams for whom Donald was the spearhead.

  • B.C.G on July 25, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    @prashant-U can't take donalds,mcgraths,etc. words for granted.Akram said Crowe was the best.Will u believe that too!!!!!!Sobers said Gupte was the best leggie above Warne,Grimmett,etc.U can't take anyone's quotes which they pulled out of their hats u know.........................

  • CricketChat on July 23, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Sachin is coming to the logical end of a successful, if dragging, career. I hope he retires at the end of Eng series, which for most Test cricketers is a hallmark of their career. He has nothing more to prove and definitely something to lose if he fails badly.

  • Razzi2003 on July 23, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka has been playing Test cricket from 1982, whereas Indian playing since 1932. When India finished 28 years (back in 1960) check their stats. Records speaks themselves.

  • MZEEM on July 23, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    asa_777 you are right. Tendulker played and plays for his own records not for India. He is and never been a player as a match winner.

  • prashant1 on July 23, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @BCG- just as JeffG claims a bias on my part, the bias on your part(s) is blatantly obvious. It is ridiculous to pick out some figures out of your hat ("25-30") or whatever. As Rudra Rakshit points out Donald has clearly stated Tendulkar is the best batsman he has ever bowled to. Till 2003 Mcgrath also clearly stated Tendulkar was the best. After his injury induced decline in the next few years, Mcgrath slightly changed his tune to the effect of Lara being slightly more dangerous.....So both these bowlers hold Tendulkar in the highest esteem....so, clearly , either something is wrong with them or with you, or with me...cant have it any which way you chose.

  • B.C.G on July 23, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    @prashant-Why this aggression?Sachin did struggle against Donald,McGrath,etc.If I had to guess I'd say he honestly avgd. about 25-30 against these two.He did score 100s but they are balanced by many cheap dismissals as JeffG pointed out with a different meaning.

  • on July 23, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    @prashant...thanks bro!!dats wat i wanted 2 know coz i was sure sachin had better records against steryn and donald....i just got a little curious seeing jeffg's observation....anyways even donald has said that sachin is the greatest batsman he has bowled to!check-http://www.espncricinfo.com/sachinat20/content/story/434423.html

  • bismoy on July 23, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    @ asa_777 Everday Sachin is compared to some player...Lara,Pointing,Kallis ,Dravid or Laxman...or Jayasuriya...

    What the comman factor in all comparison ?? Sachin only...He is the standard to whom you need be compared to prove you are best.....

    Jayasuriya maybe be the best player sl has produce with Arivinda d'silva but still they are no match to sachin...

  • prashant1 on July 25, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @JeffG...NOW we're talking. That was my point precisely. NO bowler has "dominated" Tendulkar either side of 2003-08. Yes, Tendulkar has had great bowlers with other great bowlers- but "dominated" he has not been.As explained even the "averages" in matches "involving " certain bowlers you use are extremely dicey BCG : Do you think it is ONLY Mcgrath and Donald singing Tendulkars praises??? In any case...I would rather value the opinion of practically all the greatest modern day bowlers and other players over yours.

  • JeffG on July 25, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    @prashant1 - calm down! No one is saying that Tendulkar isn't a great batsman - he is clearly one of the best who ever played the game, but the stats speak for themselves. In 11 matches against SA when Donald was playing, Tendulkar averaged 32.90 - more than 20 runs less than his career average. And Donald got him out 5 times for not many. The word "dominated" could be argued, but it's pretty clear that Tendulkar struggled when playing against teams for whom Donald was the spearhead.

  • B.C.G on July 25, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    @prashant-U can't take donalds,mcgraths,etc. words for granted.Akram said Crowe was the best.Will u believe that too!!!!!!Sobers said Gupte was the best leggie above Warne,Grimmett,etc.U can't take anyone's quotes which they pulled out of their hats u know.........................

  • CricketChat on July 23, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Sachin is coming to the logical end of a successful, if dragging, career. I hope he retires at the end of Eng series, which for most Test cricketers is a hallmark of their career. He has nothing more to prove and definitely something to lose if he fails badly.

  • Razzi2003 on July 23, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka has been playing Test cricket from 1982, whereas Indian playing since 1932. When India finished 28 years (back in 1960) check their stats. Records speaks themselves.

  • MZEEM on July 23, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    asa_777 you are right. Tendulker played and plays for his own records not for India. He is and never been a player as a match winner.

  • prashant1 on July 23, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @BCG- just as JeffG claims a bias on my part, the bias on your part(s) is blatantly obvious. It is ridiculous to pick out some figures out of your hat ("25-30") or whatever. As Rudra Rakshit points out Donald has clearly stated Tendulkar is the best batsman he has ever bowled to. Till 2003 Mcgrath also clearly stated Tendulkar was the best. After his injury induced decline in the next few years, Mcgrath slightly changed his tune to the effect of Lara being slightly more dangerous.....So both these bowlers hold Tendulkar in the highest esteem....so, clearly , either something is wrong with them or with you, or with me...cant have it any which way you chose.

  • B.C.G on July 23, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    @prashant-Why this aggression?Sachin did struggle against Donald,McGrath,etc.If I had to guess I'd say he honestly avgd. about 25-30 against these two.He did score 100s but they are balanced by many cheap dismissals as JeffG pointed out with a different meaning.

  • on July 23, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    @prashant...thanks bro!!dats wat i wanted 2 know coz i was sure sachin had better records against steryn and donald....i just got a little curious seeing jeffg's observation....anyways even donald has said that sachin is the greatest batsman he has bowled to!check-http://www.espncricinfo.com/sachinat20/content/story/434423.html

  • bismoy on July 23, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    @ asa_777 Everday Sachin is compared to some player...Lara,Pointing,Kallis ,Dravid or Laxman...or Jayasuriya...

    What the comman factor in all comparison ?? Sachin only...He is the standard to whom you need be compared to prove you are best.....

    Jayasuriya maybe be the best player sl has produce with Arivinda d'silva but still they are no match to sachin...

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on July 23, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    @asa_777: Really? Did Jayasuriya help Sri Lanka become the #1 Test side in the world at any point? Tell me how many Test matches Sri Lanka has won outside their own country since Jayasuriya's debut? Go ahead, let me hear your answers.

  • prashant1 on July 23, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    @Rudra Rakshit, JeffG … A "head-to-head"as above at least gives us a better idea of events. The "averages" which JeffG is shouting aboutf from the "traditional" stats bases such as stats guru work as follows: 1)The "average" of a batsman vs. particular bowler is ONLY in those inn. where the bowler in question has gotten the batsman out.So, if for eg Tendulkar gets a Hundred against Donald but gets out to say Cronje (as was equally the case) this is NOT counted....2)On the other hand,In matches "involving" a particular bowler EVEN if another bowler (as for eg Cronje in the eg. above gets Tendulkar out, Donald will indirectly get the "credit".....COMPRENDE??? The stats may give us a rough idea only (again with a pinch of salt) if the sample size is very large...certainly not for 10 or so matches....Complete and utter lack of understanding of basic stats …and then we have to hear about "facts".

  • demon_bowler on July 22, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    Anderson is twice the bowler he was when last he faced Sachin, so I can see the Little Master having a lean series.

  • serious-am-i on July 22, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    lolz!!! Batsman has to get out to some or the other bowler, no one is going to be unbeaten in the entire matches. You will have good and u will have bad scores that doesn't mean the batsman is weaker. jimmy had success against Sachin for lesser no.of runs, that was during his bad phase. Wait on to see how this goes about

  • on July 22, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    To me among the 7 modern day great batsmen viz Brian Lara,Sachin Tendulkar,Ricky Ponting,Jacque Kallis and Inzamam Ul Haq and VVS Laxman,Brian Lara and VVS Laxman stands out due to sheer natural talent and mental strength.Laxman might have performed really poorly against club level attacks like Bangladesh when Sachin(He averages more than 100 against them) and kallis were making milking easy reasons to thicken their bag of statistics,but never ever has Laxman failed to perform against men who matter.As a matter of fact rest of the 5 batsmen in the list never ever raised to the mercurial levels as by Lara or Laxman.

  • asa_777 on July 22, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Mr. The_Dynamite_Kid you better not talk about jayasuriya's record, cz Jayasuriya has won more games for srilanla than Sachin has for india. No doubt that Sachin has archived so much in his career, but hasn't for his country.

  • mega123a on July 22, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @Herath-UK: Jayasuriya is out of form and out of the team, I am not critisizing Jayasuriya though. Cricket is a team game and everyone should put in their efforts otherwise they cannot win. Sachin is GOD of cricket, its better not to point fingers at him. I have pity for those people who say when Tendulkar scores a century India loses... hahaha thats a big joke.

  • mega123a on July 22, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    @ Herath-UK

    Before commenting I think you have to remember cricket is a team game, everyone else should play there role otherwise no one can win. Jayasuriya is out of form and out of the team now. But Tendulkar is still playing, He is the GOD of cricket. No one can ever match Sachin

  • The_Dynamite_Kid on July 22, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    But the problem is Jayasuriya's Test centuries mostly came against 2nd grade bowling attacks like India, New Zealand, etc in Sri Lankan tracks. I'm pretty sure even Ganguly was far better than him against quality attacks and outside Asia. There's a reason why Jayasiruya is the king of all flat track bullies produced by Sri lanka, with Mahela Jayawardena marginally behind him.

  • Ameya.Kamat on July 22, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    @Herath-UK: Jayasuriya has scored a total of 14 Test centuries and SL has won in only 7 of those matches ... that makes it 50% ... not 80% ... !!!!

  • Deuce03 on July 22, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Interesting that Anderson has done so well against most of the outstanding batsmen of the era. I'd be interested to see his record against Ponting and Jayawardene - also any relevant stats if extant against Ian Bell, who is probably the most technically correct England batsman of the last ten years or so. Records against Lara are broadly irrelevant- he played him three times, didn't take his wicket but didn't concede masses of runs either.

    Unfortunately I fear Jimmy's Test average is so far distorted by his poor early-middle years that his career figures will never reflect how good a bowler he has become.

  • on July 22, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    @jeffg...where did u get ur stat about donald avg 12 against sachin or steyn avg 16 against sachin since 2008?? just curious as it is written in this very article that donald vs sachin exact stats r not available and i m pretty sure that sachin averages better than 16 against steyn......just curious!!!

  • prashant1 on July 22, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @JeffG : Don't see my comment up yet. Perhaps due to slightly spicier language. I suggest you take a look at what the statsbases are ACTUALLY telling you when you put up nonsense about "averages" from traditional statsbases like statsguru...then we can talk about "facts"...never mind various coloured spectacles

  • samirawool on July 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    it may be luck of anderson, that he has dismissed sachin 5 times, but by seeing this, it will be interesting contest b/w both sachin & anderson. we would like to see fight b/w both. sachin is also mentally matured player, he wil forget the past, but if he remembered the anderson's success against him, then he may add to the number of wkts taken by anderson of sachin. good luck to both.

  • JeffG on July 22, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    @prashant1 - no bowler dominated Tendular either before 2003 or after 2008??? Tell that to Alan Donald who got him out 5 times at an average of 12 before 2003. Or maybe Glenn McGrath who also got him 5 times and averaged 26.20 before 2003. And since the start of 2008, Murali got Tendulakr 6 times at 33.50 and Steyn has got him 3 times since 2008 at an average of 16.33... but hey, don't let the facts get in the way of your rose-coloured specs!

  • on July 22, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Anderson will rattle Indian batting for sure in this series not in this match as Lords pitch is not that great as other English pitches.. So, I think Indian batting will post big score in this test.. but, If forecast is cloudy I bet Anderson will be a threat only big player in indian batting who can bat in such conditions is Yuvi and Laxman... I did not mean others are not great batsman but, sorry to say they have not performed on pitches like these ever....

  • Herath-UK on July 22, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    I'm certain Sachin will get his century at Lord's but India will lose then.Anything unusual? When Jayasuriya scores a century more than 80% times Sri Lanka won. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • B.C.G on July 22, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    @prashant1-Frm 1992-2001,Allan Donald,Fanie De'Villiers,Hansie Cronje troubled him quite a bit.Duh

  • on July 22, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Nice contest. Despite this no so good numbers for sachin, we all know how committed Mr.Sachin is. The best part of his career is "he never ever took anything for granted" even during his tough days. Thats the value he put for his wicket.

    So, it needs a sheer exception/technique/focus to get him out (or) some luck. Will wait and see.!!

  • ks24funda on July 22, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    these 6 times include 2 very wrong decisions on SRT in his 2007 tour of england .He was playing great there steve buckner out did him with wrong decisions . otherwise Anderson would have known what is SRT .

  • prashant1 on July 22, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    ALL these stats include the WORST stretch in Tendulkar's career when he was struggling with endless injuries : 2003-07/8....On either side of that date no bowler has dominated him.

  • Romanticstud on July 22, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Coming back to your article on VVS Laxman ... That is why he is the best defender in the game today ... He can face people like Anderson and Co ... VVS must be in a defensive situation the best go-to man in cricket ... India (VVS Laxman) showed South Africa at Durban ... and when he plays well the tail sticks with him ...

  • Romanticstud on July 22, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    To bowl so successfully against the top two batsmen in world cicket today, Tendulkar and Kallis, must say something about Anderson. What are the stats of other bowlers say against the other top batsmen, like Dale Steyn, Zaheer Kahn, Harbahjan Singh, Brett Lee and Murilitharan etc. against guys like Kallis, Sangakkara, Chris Gayle, Ricky Ponting, Pieterson, Strauss etc. ... and who has got away like Laxman has so far ...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 22, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I hope that with the immense talent that Dravid possesses, he will be able to set the record straight. Dravid wasn't at his best in 2007/08 and Sachin wasn't at his best from 2003 to up until 2007/08. So, I don't want to read much into these failures against Anderson. This has to be a fascinating contest between Anderson vs Dravid/VVS/Sachin. A sight for Gods.

  • gauravsethi232 on July 22, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Hope, Sachin and company will improve their record against Anderson. Anyways Sachin has a record of getting out against a debutant so it would have been good for England to include a new bowler in their team.

  • on July 22, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    the only reason anderson is successful against tendulkar than other much better bowlers in the world is because he gets to bowl to tendulkar on his green wickets in england, so its not that he knows better than the steyns or other top bowlers in the world has how to get tendulkar out. im sure if steyn and other top bowlers got those kind of wickets to bowl on they would have the same success against tendulkar. anderson's a great swing bowler though.

    everybody also is comparing the indian bowlers average to the english to say english bowlers are better. i disagree in using those stats especially strike rate. people need to remember that their seamers bowl on flat wickets. the thing is, they have bowlers who swing the ball in their subcontinent which the english cannot do. so this talk about can they take 20 wickets in england is foolishness. they even have bowled out south africa and australia in their backyard to prove it. thats why england are very careful

  • Sreerang on July 22, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    @Mark, Thats what differentiates the real great ones vs the very good ones. There have been more talented batsmen than Sachin, but his focus and dedication to his art is second to none. Dravid is another batsman who with his little talent has become a much better batsman through his focus and sheer determination. And Anderson vs Indian batsmen looks a tantalising prospect with these staistics in mind.

  • evenflow_1990 on July 22, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    nice one rajesh, i wasn't aware of that! should be an interesting battle!

  • Mark00 on July 22, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    The reason why VVS has done better is because VVS has a better eye and more able to play the swinging ball late than any of the others. If only he applied himself as intensely when things are going well as he does when the team is in trouble, it would be obvious to everyone how much better he is than his contemporaries at home and around the world.

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  • Mark00 on July 22, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    The reason why VVS has done better is because VVS has a better eye and more able to play the swinging ball late than any of the others. If only he applied himself as intensely when things are going well as he does when the team is in trouble, it would be obvious to everyone how much better he is than his contemporaries at home and around the world.

  • evenflow_1990 on July 22, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    nice one rajesh, i wasn't aware of that! should be an interesting battle!

  • Sreerang on July 22, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    @Mark, Thats what differentiates the real great ones vs the very good ones. There have been more talented batsmen than Sachin, but his focus and dedication to his art is second to none. Dravid is another batsman who with his little talent has become a much better batsman through his focus and sheer determination. And Anderson vs Indian batsmen looks a tantalising prospect with these staistics in mind.

  • on July 22, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    the only reason anderson is successful against tendulkar than other much better bowlers in the world is because he gets to bowl to tendulkar on his green wickets in england, so its not that he knows better than the steyns or other top bowlers in the world has how to get tendulkar out. im sure if steyn and other top bowlers got those kind of wickets to bowl on they would have the same success against tendulkar. anderson's a great swing bowler though.

    everybody also is comparing the indian bowlers average to the english to say english bowlers are better. i disagree in using those stats especially strike rate. people need to remember that their seamers bowl on flat wickets. the thing is, they have bowlers who swing the ball in their subcontinent which the english cannot do. so this talk about can they take 20 wickets in england is foolishness. they even have bowled out south africa and australia in their backyard to prove it. thats why england are very careful

  • gauravsethi232 on July 22, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Hope, Sachin and company will improve their record against Anderson. Anyways Sachin has a record of getting out against a debutant so it would have been good for England to include a new bowler in their team.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 22, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I hope that with the immense talent that Dravid possesses, he will be able to set the record straight. Dravid wasn't at his best in 2007/08 and Sachin wasn't at his best from 2003 to up until 2007/08. So, I don't want to read much into these failures against Anderson. This has to be a fascinating contest between Anderson vs Dravid/VVS/Sachin. A sight for Gods.

  • Romanticstud on July 22, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    To bowl so successfully against the top two batsmen in world cicket today, Tendulkar and Kallis, must say something about Anderson. What are the stats of other bowlers say against the other top batsmen, like Dale Steyn, Zaheer Kahn, Harbahjan Singh, Brett Lee and Murilitharan etc. against guys like Kallis, Sangakkara, Chris Gayle, Ricky Ponting, Pieterson, Strauss etc. ... and who has got away like Laxman has so far ...

  • Romanticstud on July 22, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Coming back to your article on VVS Laxman ... That is why he is the best defender in the game today ... He can face people like Anderson and Co ... VVS must be in a defensive situation the best go-to man in cricket ... India (VVS Laxman) showed South Africa at Durban ... and when he plays well the tail sticks with him ...

  • prashant1 on July 22, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    ALL these stats include the WORST stretch in Tendulkar's career when he was struggling with endless injuries : 2003-07/8....On either side of that date no bowler has dominated him.

  • ks24funda on July 22, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    these 6 times include 2 very wrong decisions on SRT in his 2007 tour of england .He was playing great there steve buckner out did him with wrong decisions . otherwise Anderson would have known what is SRT .