London: James Anderson might have dismissed Sachin Tendulkar seven times in Tests but the fast bowler insists that the Indian batting maestro is not his bunny and that he has no control over him.
Anderson got Tendulkar for the seventh time in Tests when he dismissed him leg before in the second innings of the second Test at Trent Bridge, and for the second time in this series.
Only Muttiah Muralitharan has taken his Test wicket more times (eight) and he had 19 matches in which to try, compared to Anderson's eight.
"A lot of people are starting to mention it, but I genuinely don't think I have anything over him," Anderson was quoted as saying in the Daily Express.
"It is really nice to keep getting him out though and hopefully it will continue."
Anderson has been doing just that and with increasing regularity. Since first taking Tendulkar's wicket in a Test in March 2006 (in Mumbai of all places), he has grown to be a real thorn in the batsman's side.
Anderson removed Tendulkar thrice in 2007; at Lord's once and in both innings at The Oval.
He got him again in Mohali in December 2008 and now twice this year. If you include Anderson's clashes with Tendulkar in ODIs, the England paceman has got him another three times (twice in 2007 and in February this year in the World Cup tie in Bangalore) to take his total to 10.
The fast bowler feels his improved self belief has made him a better bowler.
"There are still plenty of times like at Trent Bridge earlier in that second innings (Tendulkar made 56), when I felt like I had nowhere to bowl at him. He was hitting me for boundary after boundary," Anderson said.
"With all players as good as he is, it is just a question of hanging in there and hoping that you bowl one too good for him."
If Test and ODI records are linked, it is Australian speedster Brett Lee who tops the list of getting Tendulkar, 14 times.