Brian Lara picks the greatest fast bowler ever to play the game; sparks debate

Jul 3, 2024

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Cricket fans around the world are buzzing after legendary West Indies batter Brian Lara ignited a fierce debate by declaring James Anderson the “greatest fast bowler ever to have played the game.” This bold statement comes just days before Anderson’s emotional farewell Test against the West Indies, scheduled to begin on July 10 at the hallowed Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Brian Lara’s choice: A master of swing and seam

James Anderson’s career is a testament to relentless dedication and exceptional bowling skills. Over two decades, he has established himself as a true force to be reckoned with. Holding the record for the most wickets by a pace bowler in Test cricket with a staggering 700 scalps, Anderson’s ability to swing the new ball with lethal precision and exploit even the slightest hint of seam movement has made him a nightmare for batsmen of all generations.

Brian Lara, a titan of batting himself and a player who faced numerous bowling greats during his illustrious career, holds Anderson in the highest regard. “He is the greatest fast bowler that has ever played the game,” Lara declared emphatically on Sky Sports. “It’s just his numbers are incredible and he has served England well.” Lara further praised Anderson’s professionalism and gracious acceptance of the decision to retire him from Test cricket, highlighting his unwavering commitment to the sport.

“I know he did not have that in mind (retiring from cricket), but I think he has accepted it. If that is the choice of his captain, coach and selectors, then so be it,” added the former WI skipper.

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A spark for debate

Lara’s bold claim has ignited a passionate debate within the cricketing community. While some fans readily agree, citing Anderson’s longevity and consistently phenomenal bowling, others have pointed to legendary pacers like Sir Richard Hadlee, Glenn McGrath, Dennis Lillee, Wasim Akram and Kapil Dev. Discussions are swirling around eras, player comparisons and the subjective nature of such pronouncements.

A farewell steeped in history

Regardless of the ongoing debate, James Anderson deserves a spectacular send-off for his phenomenal career. The upcoming Test against the West Indies will be a fitting farewell on the historic Lord’s ground, a stage where he has crafted countless match-winning spells. Whether Lara’s claim cements itself as the definitive truth or not, one thing is certain: Anderson’s place among the pantheon of cricketing greats is firmly established. The upcoming encounter will be a chance for fans to witness the final chapter of a legend’s journey and celebrate his remarkable achievements.

Also READ: Rob Key reveals James Anderson’s new role for England post-retirement

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