The new number one test fast bowler Stuart Broad has said that, although, he is the top fast bowler right now but that does not mean he is a better fast bowler than both Dale Steyn and James Anderson but he is happy to be at the top of the pile as of now.
“I’m not going to walk away from this week thinking I’m a better bowler than Dale Steyn or Jimmy Anderson because that is not the case,” Broad said. “But it is a nice feeling to have reached this mark through my performances.”
He compared his achievement with those of Ian Botham and Steve Harmison because this made his achievement even more special.
“It is not something to take for granted and it is a very special thing to have happened. When you consider that only Ian Botham in the 1980s and Harmy in 2004 have been No. 1 as English bowlers, it is a lovely achievement.”
Broad also appreciated the work done by the backroom staff and especially his physio because without their help he would not have been able to recover in time and perform in such a manner against South Africa which eventually lead the team to a rare series win against Proteas.
“The biggest thing is that I’ve stayed fit. You can’t take wickets on the physio bed can you? So a lot of credit has to go to the guys behind the scenes for keeping me fit and I also understand my body a bit more now. I’ve played nearly 40 Tests on the bounce now which is quite rare for a fast bowler.”
“It might sound odd, but I’m not the best bowler in the world. Dale Steyn is the bowler of our generation. Just have a look at his record: his wickets; his strike rate; his average. He is the best bowler in the world.”