Anderson careful not to underestimate India ahead of 2nd Test
Nottingham: England pacer James Anderson is in no mood to underestimate India and believes the world No 1 Test team has the ability to make a strong comeback following their humiliating 196-run loss in the series opener at Lord`s.
"If you look at their team sheet, it is a daunting line-up. They had the misfortune of Zaheer Khan pulling up early on, but they will come back strongly," said Anderson on the eve of the second Test beginning at Trent Bridge tomorrow.
"But hopefully we can continue the good work in the next three games," he added.
The 28-year-old pace spearhead, who picked up five for 65 in India`s second innings to script England`s win in the 2000th Test in history, was thrilled with the perfect team performance.
"It was a great game for us. Kevin Pietersen getting a double hundred, Matt Prior getting a hundred. It was a matter of patience for us in an attempt to get ten wickets. We had confidence that we could bowl them out," Anderson said on this week`s ICC Cricket World Radio Show.
"They have fantastic batters, a world class line-up who could quite easily bat through the day. That`s why the patience was key," he added.
England`s pace attack was in top shape in the first Test with Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett complementing Anderson`s effort very well.
"We discuss all the time on where to bowl to which batsmen. Those two (Broad and Tremlett) speak a lot among each other because they are a lot different to me. Graeme Swann was fantastic as well," Anderson recounted.
The performance in the first Test helped Anderson leapfrog to second position on the ICC Rankings for Test bowlers.
Meanwhile, former India captain Ravi Shastri said that India was always behind in the Lord`s Test once Zaheer Khan injured his hamstring on the first day.
"Once India lost Zaheer on first day it was difficult for India. England were very professional. James Anderson picked up five wickets and they did well overall," said Shastri.
In explosive opener Virender Sehwag`s absence, Shastri believes it is important for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to play the role of an impact player.
"Dhoni tries to play differently in Test matches. His USP is in being an impact player. That`s his great strength. He should continue playing that role much like (Adam) Gilchrist did for Australia. With Sehwag not being there, Dhoni needs to be that impact player down the order," added Shastri.
Looking ahead to the second Test, Shastri opined that it is time for India to play fast-medium swing bowler Sreesanth.
"India needs to find a good replacement for Zaheer. It has to be Munaf or Sreesanth. It swings a lot at Trent Bridge, so it might be Sreesanth who might come in there," he said.