When James Anderson went past Kapil Dev’s iconic 434 in Tests
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English speedster James Anderson inscribed his name in the history of Test cricket as he surpassed Indian legend Kapil Dev’s tally of 434 scalps with the red ball. Anderson is now the sixth highest wicket-taker in Tests. His fifer during the Day Two of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley put England in a commanding position.  LIVE Streaming RPS vs KXIP, IPL 2016: Watch Free Live Telecast of Rising Pune Supergiants vs Kings XI Punjab at Visakhapatnam

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Matthews was trying to bail his team out of crisis when Anderson got the better of him and scalped the precious wicket. Both Kapil and Anderson resemble similar set skills of swing bowling, their forte is swing along with good pace. Anderson is the best exponent of swing in contemporary cricket and has won matches for his side single-handedly. READ MORE: IPL 2016, Match 53, Pick of the tweets: Rising Pune Supergiants vs Kings XI Punjab at Visakhapatnam

Kapil’s record of 434 wickets was once the highest in Test cricket and a landmark in 1994. India celebrated when Kapil surpassed Richard Hadlee’s tally. He in fact had extended his cricketing career in order to overhaul the incredible mark of 431 in Test cricket. Kapil ended his career with 434 wickets to his name and it became the new Test number. The number, every bowler would aim. It was bettered by
West Indian bowler Courtney Walsh in 200.

Anderson continues to script records and one can expect him to achieve newer heights with his immaculate skills. As of now, England are well placed as Sri Lanka two wickets down for 50 and are still trailing by 157 runs in the first innings. The picture above captured the captivating moment when Anderson got rid of Matthews which was clicked by Stu Forster for Getty Images.