Kolkata: England pacer James Anderson, who has dismissed Sachin Tendulkar eight times in the longer version of the game, Wednesday called the little master`s wicket as the most crucial in the ongoing third cricket Test against India at the Eden Gardens here.
"His was a crucial wicket, I was delighted. He looked scratchy early on but can be dangerous if he gets going. So I am very pleased. His was the big one. He is such a class player and could have gone on to score a big hundred. We got him just at the right time," Anderson said after stumps on Day 1.
"It is a nice thing to have and probably (I will) think more about that in years to come and when retired will tell people that`s happened," said Anderson on becoming the most successful bowler against Tendulkar.
Anderson now shares the record with Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan. Tendulkar scored 76 before edging one to wicket-keeper Matt Prior.
Anderson ended the day with figures of 3/68.