Twitter is stunned by James Anderson’s jaw-dropping delivery to pin Murali Vijay
Meanwhile, India lost their first wicket without being able to open their account.
Updated - Aug 10, 2018 4:09 pm
After rain played spoilsport in the first day’s play between England and India at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, the match finally got underway. Shikhar Dhawan, who faltered at Edgbaston in Birmingham, was dropped and KL Rahul was entrusted to open the batting. Murali Vijay was the other opener. Cheteshwar Pujara, who missed the opening Test, was also drafted in.
Bearing in mind the soggy conditions, the Brits had no hesitation to have a crack at the Indian batsmen. Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, didn’t mince any words saying that he would also have wished to bowl first and take advantage of the overcast conditions. However, the visiting team didn’t get off to an auspicious start. James Anderson was entrusted with the new cherry.
He made the leather talk and hit the right channels to test the technique of Vijay, who is deemed to possess a sound technique with the willow. It’s the same attributes, which has earned him tons of runs across the world. Nevertheless, James Anderson found a way to break his defence and accounted for his wicket in the very first over of the match with an absolute peach of the delivery.
In the penultimate delivery of the first over, the speedster churned out a full-length delivery. The seam was pointed towards the slip cordon, which indicated that it was destined to move away after pitching. The batsman didn’t seem to pick the delivery. The ball came in with the angle and then jagged away off the seam. Vijay played for the inward movement and was completely beaten.
He played all around it and was never in a position to play down the vicious ball. The cherry went to smack the stumps after which Vijay was left in utter bewilderment. In the meantime, India lost their first wicket without being able to open their account.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 10, 2018
Murali Vijay outside Asia since January 2016
0, 6, 20, 25, 8, 9, 46, 13, 1, 7
134 runs @ 13.4 in 10 innings#ENGvIND
— JSK (@imjsk27) August 10, 2018
10/2 – Indian openers struggling in leaving the ball & getting forward #ENGvIND
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) August 10, 2018
— Mr. A 🏏 (@cricdrugs) August 10, 2018
The perfect start. Vijay gone.
India 0-1. #ENGvIND
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 10, 2018
The last time I remember Murali Vijay scoring was when he won over Dinesh Karthik's wife #ENGvIND
— Anil Kumble (@CoachKumble) August 10, 2018
Anderson bowling leg-spin at 80+ mph 😐 #EngvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 10, 2018
James Anderson is nothing but Shane Warne bowling at 135 km/hr.#ENGvIND
— Suneer (@suneerchowdhary) August 10, 2018
— P a l l a v i (@pallzie) August 10, 2018
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) August 10, 2018
Basically James Anderson is bowling Leg breakers @ 135 kmph. #EngvInd
— Shubham Tandon (@tandon_shub) August 10, 2018
— aman (@amangrwl9) August 10, 2018
James Anderson is showing why he is one of the finest swing bowler in cricket history. Top stuff. #ENGvIND
— Madhav Ashwani Sharma (@HashTagCricket) August 10, 2018
Sir James Anderson has done it again
— ⚽️🏏 (@________sid) August 10, 2018
Brute of a ball that from James Anderson… Straight bat perhaps from Vijay? Either way, that swung from the chandelier….
— Khanyiso Tshwaku (@kaymorizm) August 10, 2018
You can’t get a more deadly combination than James Anderson with a new ball.
magician is an understatement.#ENGvIND
— Sai Veer (@SaiVeer07) August 10, 2018
An absolute beauty by James Anderson… #ENGvsIND
— Pranav Kaurwar (@Pranav_Kaurwar) August 10, 2018
Batting first, a green pitch, James Anderson bowling, an early wicket: a morning when India will need huge guts and skill to stay in the Test
— Tim (@timwig) August 10, 2018
What a beauty !! In these conditions, James Anderson is second to none .. #EngvInd
— Yasir Ali Hashmi (@YasirAliHashmi1) August 10, 2018
James Anderson is a wizard. England will be so, so lost when he retires.
— Sam Sheard (@SamJSheard) August 10, 2018
James Anderson's delivery to Vijay there is every touring batsman's nightmare of what playing in England might be like.
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) August 10, 2018