Inzamam Ul Haq Slams James Anderson over Virat Kohli’s flaws
It does seem evident now, that the blatant remarks made by James Anderson against Indian skipper Virat Kohli have annoyed the entire cricketing fraternity. Anderson, apparently said that Kohli’s flaws were “hidden” thanks to the slow nature of Indian pitches. These remarks from Anderson, came barely hours after Kohli registered his career-best score of 235 in Mumbai.
After former cricketers Graeme Smith, Michael Vaughan and Aakash Chopra, now it was former Pakistan skipper Inzamam Ul Haq, who lashed out against James Anderson for his comments. In his conversation with Geo in Lahore, Inzamam said that Kohli was a world class batsman who had piled up the runs in all nations and conditions.
The Pakistan legend went on to say that he had hardly seen Anderson picking up any wickets in India. “It is surprising to me that Anderson should question Kohli’s runs and ability because I haven’t seen him take too many wickets in India,” Inzamam said.
“Does Anderson mean to say that if you get runs in England you get some sort of certificate that makes you a quality batsman. Don’t the English and Australian players struggle when they play in the sub-continent? Does that mean they are bad players or weak teams? To me it does not matter where you get runs because in Test matches runs are runs,” the former Pakistan captain added.
Terming Kohli as a “quality” player, Inzamam further elaborated, “I always judge a batsman by seeing how many times the runs he scores leads to his team winning matches. In my opinion, if a batsman scores 80 and it helps his team win, it matters more to me than someone scoring 150 and his team still losing. He is a quality player and when he is getting runs his team does well. That is important to judge or classify a batsman’s value. There is hunger in him for runs,” he added.
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