Anderson mastered his reverse swing by watching Khan bowl
England pace bowler James Anderson has revealed that he started working on his reverse swing after watching the huge amount of success India seamer Zaheer Khan had when playing against the national team at home in 2007.
“I remember a few years back, in the last tour in 2007, Zaheer did get a lot of reverse swing,” Anderson said. “That’s when I started practising it. There is a shiny side, and if the batsman knows which side it is, it makes it a lot easier for them. It proved to be a good skill.”
Anderson noted that during the recent four-Test series against India, he had got some reverse swing off the pitches and used it to his advantage.
“We had hints of it in the last two matches,” Anderson added. “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 felt pretty good [the] whole day. I think I bowled reasonably well with the new ball first thing. And enjoyed it as much as I could.”
However, Anderson dismissed speculation that England were not accustomed to the SG balls being used during the Test series, which attributed to the late finding of reverse swing.
“I don’t think the ball was the problem at all,” Anderson said. “We had hints of reverse swing in the last two games, but things came together here. The new ball swung, and the old ball reversed. The early start and the dew helped.”