James Anderson mocks Virat Kohli ahead of India-England Test series

first_imgThe war of words have begun ahead of the England-India Test series and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that it is fast bowler James Anderson who has delivered the first punch in this bout.Anderson, who doesn’t shy away from having a go at players from opposition teams on and off the field, has claimed that Virat Kohli will be desperate to score runs for his team on English soil, contrary to what the Indian captain had claimed at the beginning of the ongoing tour.Kohli had stated that he intends to enjoy his time in England rather than obsess over his individual form as long as the team does well. But Anderson’s point of view is exactly opposite to what Kohli said.Virat Kohli since England Tests of 2014: 15 hundreds, 3699 runs in 37 Tests”It doesn’t matter if he gets runs or not? I think he is telling lies there,” Anderson said in jest when asked about Kohli’s statement.Virat Kohli takes a dig at England batsmen after James Anderson’s controversial remarkFour years ago Kohli endured one of his worst Test performances in the five-match series in England, managing just 134 runs in total. His batting innings list in 2014 read – 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, 20 – and he finished the series with an average of 13.50.It is a blot on his stellar career to this day, even though he scored 655 runs in five Tests against England in the home series (2016-17) to lead his side to a 4-0 win.WATCHVirat Kohli was largely troubled on the off stump line in England and was caught behind the stumps on six occasions (once by keeper and five times in the slip cordon).advertisementHome pitches hide Virat Kohli’s weaknesses, says James AndersonAnderson made Kohli his bunny in 2014 having dismissed him four times in six innings while Stuart Broad (dismissed Kohli twice), Chris Jordan (dismissed Kohli twice), Liam Plunkett (dismissed Kohli once) and Moeen Ali (dismissed Kohli once) bowled probing lines and did not let him bat freely.”For India to win here, of course it matters. Virat will be desperate to score runs for his team, as you would expect from the captain and one of the best players in the world,” Anderson said.For Australia, Virat Kohli is similar to Steve Smith: Pat CumminsOverall, in Tests, Anderson has dismissed Kohli five times going back to 2012. However, Anderson struggled during the 2016 tour of India with modest returns of four wickets in three Tests.”Today, cricketers learn from not only watching match footage but also from past experiences. So I would expect a batsman of Kohli’s quality to have learnt from that last series here (in 2014).India vs England: Virat Kohli’s nightmare against spin continues in England”I am sure he (Kohli) is practising hard at certain aspects of his game and that will make the battle between him and not just myself, but him and the rest of our bowlers, a really exciting one,” Anderson said. England vs India: Overall, in Tests, James Anderson has dismissed Virat Kohli five times since 2012 (Reuters Photo)In the four-year period between his sorry tour of England and now, Kohli has played 37 Tests and scored 15 centuries, including six double hundreds.Tendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England TestsKohli, in fact, is the only captain to record six double centuries in Test cricket. He has amassed 3699 runs at an incredible average of 64.89 and has also scored 7 fifties. He has also captained India in 35 Tests and has 21 wins, a record that has put him level with former India skipper Sourav Ganguly in the list of most Test wins by an Indian skipper.But even his prolific run-scoring feat in the 2016 home season failed to impress Anderson who had taken a dig at Kohli last year during the Mumbai Test when he said that his technical flaws are not visible because of the helpful Indian tracks which lack pace and movement.”I am not sure if Virat Kohli has changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he has got are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England – with a bit more movement,” Anderson said at a press conference last year.”When that (pace and movement) is not there, Kohli is very much suited to playing in these conditions. He is a very good player of spin – and if you are not bang on the money and don’t take your chances, he will punish you,” he said.advertisementFollowing this presser on day four of the Test match, the fast bowler had a run in with Ravichandran Ashwin on the field who gave him a piece of his mind when the Englishman came out to bat on the final day.Back then Kohli had to play peacemaker between the two and was more relaxed about the incident than the Tamil Nadu off-spinner.”For the first time I was trying to calm things down in the middle at a time when James Anderson is involved. Ashwin wasn’t pleased with what he said in the press, but I didn’t even know about it. So I didn’t know what to make of it. I was laughing about it.”Ashwin wasn’t too impressed and he let him know, not using any bad words honestly. I think he told me he was pretty disappointed with what he said and it is important to accept defeat as it is. Things like that. Just general, you know how Ashwin is, he is to the point can really strike you well and he doesn’t need to say bad words. Later on I told James these things happen and let’s move on,” Kohli had said at the press conference after the match in Mumbai.last_img

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