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    Sachin's wicket was crucial: James Anderson

    Kolkata: England pacer James Anderson, who has dismissed Sachin Tendulkar eight times in the longer version of the game called the little master's wicket as the most crucial in the ongoing third Test against India at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.

    "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 one.

    "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 for 68.

    Having returned with impressive figures by getting the ball to reverse, Anderson said he learnt the art of hiding the ball from batsmen before deliveries by watching Zaheer Khan.

    The English bowler kept the old ball hidden behind his hand before deliveries to prevent the batsman from judging which direction it would reverse swing.

    "In our last series here, Zaheer did that a lot, which I practised a lot. It is a good skill to have and makes it more difficult for the batsman to judge the direction of the swing," said Anderson.

    However, Anderson called the pitch "abrasive" and said it would assist the pacers both with the new and the old ball throughout the match.

    "The pitch is abrasive and perfect for reverse swing. Unlike the last two matches, the new ball swung here. With the dew around, it well help the new ball and later reverse with the old ball. I think it will continue to swing the whole match. It is a good wicket and I don't think there are much demons in it," he said.