Sachin's was a crucial wicket: Anderson

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 21:34 hrs

English pace bowler James Anderson on Wednesday said he was happy to have dismissed Sachin Tendulkar on day one of the third India-England Test series.

"It´s always good to get Sachin´s wicket. Once I retire, it will be nice to tell others that Sachin´s was a big wicket. He could have been dangerous and I was happy to get him out when I did," he added.

Commenting on Jonathon Trott´s low catch that dismissed Gambhir, he said, "Really difficult to field in the slips and hold onto these low catches. Luckily, he caught onto it in the end."

Anderson, who got three wickets, restricted India to a meager total of 273 runs for seven wickets on the first day of the third Test here with his art of reverse swing.

Said the bowler,"We had hints of it in the last two matches. I saw the pitch and said let´s go ahead. Reverse swing is crucial for seam bowlers because it keeps you in the game. I think I bowled reasonably well with the new ball. And enjoyed it as much as I could."

"I remember a few years back, in the last tour in 2007, Zaheer did get a lot of reverse swing. That is when I started practicing it. It proved to be a good skill," he revealed.

The bowler was quite happy with the 22 yards at the Eden Gardens.

He said,"The pitch is perfect for us. This pitch is very abrasive. Reverse swing is a tricky art to practice. But we were able to swing the ball. There is a bit of dew because of the early start and that helps."

On being asked to compare the wicket with the rank turner used for the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, he said,"I don´t know really. This wicket seams a little more, it´s harder. If you are a seamer and willing to bend your back, you can get a little more out of it."

(Reporting by Shabarni Basu)

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