Former legendary Australian skipper Ian Chappell thinks Virat Kohli not getting out to James Anderson is a massive achievement. In fact, Virat Kohli vs James Anderson is a battle within a battle, which Kohli has won thus far. In the six innings so far, Anderson hasn’t got the better off Kohli even on one occasion. Thus, Indian skipper has had his wood on Anderson.
However, England’s slip cordon has been Virat Kohli’s friend in this series. Anderson was able to produce the outside edge of Kohli’s bat in the first and third Test but the butterfingers of England’s slip cordon came to Indian skipper rescue.
Virat Kohli has kept James Anderson at bay.
Meanwhile, there is a day and night difference between Virat Kohli of 2014 and 2018. Furthermore, Kohli has given his respect to his biggest nemesis in England’s side.
Not only James Anderson but also the other England bowlers have found it difficult to go past Virat Kohli. The talisman has scored 440 runs at an average of 73 in the six innings.
“Fans are currently enjoying another tilt of the highest quality in the battle between Jimmy Anderson and Virat Kohli. In 2014, Kohli experienced a run drought in England. Anderson was the undoubted victor in those tussles,” Chappell was quoted as saying by Mid day in his column.
In fact, it is not the case that Virat Kohli has dominated James Anderson. However, he has followed a set plan against England’s pack leader.
“However, on this tour, Kohli, with a little assistance from the butter-fingered English slip fielders, has prevailed. That’s not to say that Kohli has dominated Anderson, but he’s found a way to survive — and then prosper — which is an achievement against the master swing bowler,” Chappell added.
The former Australian skipper Ian Chappell praised Kohli was keeping James Anderson at bay especially in the favourable England conditions. Kohli has been able to come up roses against Anderson.
“So, for Kohli to be confronted by a champion bowler in favourable conditions. To score two hundred runs in both the matches at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge without conceding his wicket to Anderson is a mighty achievement. Although Kohli was not help by injury at Lord’s, he still resisted Anderson’s challenge. But the impression was much like Bradman in his Bodyline battle with Larwood, that the bowler’s presence had a profound effect on his eventual dismissals,” he wrote.
Ian Chappell said the coming two matches will define Virat Kohli as a leader. If Kohli is able to defy all the odds, he will write himself and the team in the special pages of Test folklore.
“The next few weeks will be a defining period in Kohli’s captaincy career. He’s already shown on many occasions that he’s a master batsman. If he can complete the resurrection of this Indian team and find a way to thwart Anderson and his English cohorts, then it will go down as an example of masterful leadership,” he wrote.
Virat Kohli vs James Anderson will be once again on display in the fourth Test match at Aegis Bowl, Southampton from 30 August.