James Anderson holds an edge over Virat Kohli in the ongoing series as he has already dismissed the Indian skipper twice so far. For 7 long years, James Anderson had to wait to get Virat Kohli out in a Test match. And in the ongoing series, the senior England pacer has already dismissed the Indian skipper twice.
In the opening Test, England’s most experienced veteran pacer dismissed Indian skipper Virat Kohli for a first-ball duck while in the 3rd Test, the India skipper managed only 7 runs before being dismissed as India was bowled out for only 78 in the 1st innings.
James Anderson: There Was A Lot Of Emotion When Virat Kohli Was Dismissed
James Anderson has dominated Virat Kohli in the ongoing series and will hope to extend his dominance in the last two matches. Apart from dismissing Virat Kohli, James Anderson’s animated celebration has also been a talking point. Writing in his column for The Telegraph, James Anderson opened up on his celebration and revealed the reason behind it.
“When I got Kohli out in the first innings in Leeds there was a lot of emotion. It was the same as at Trent Bridge. I guess there is that extra something with him because he is such a good player and their captain as well. You see how much it means to him when his team takes a wicket so I want to show him what it means to us to get him out,” he wrote.
The two probably don’t share a good rapport as Virat Kohli swore at James Anderson during the 2nd Test. During the same fixture, Jasprit Bumrah had tested James Anderson’s batting skills with a barrage of bouncers.
James Anderson, who dismissed batting great Sachin Tendulkar on 9 occasions, has got Virat Kohli on 7 occasions. He dismissed Virat Kohli five times on the 2014 tour. He failed to dismiss the Indian captain in the past three series.
The five-match Test series is level at 1-1 and the winner of the 4th Test will gain an unassailable lead. The first Test of the series had ended in a draw while India won the 2nd Test match, at Lord’s. England bounced back strongly in the 3rd Test to hand India an innings defeat. The 4th Test of the series kicks off today (September 2) at Kennington Oval, London.
James Anderson is the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket when it comes to pacers. James Anderson has been phenomenal against India in the series, taking 13 wickets at 16.25 and a strike rate of 47.7. The England Test veteran has taken a whopping 30 wickets at 19.79 this year alone, including two five-wicket hauls.
The battle between India skipper Virat Kohli and James Anderson may not take place in the fourth Test at The Oval as the veteran England pace bowler could be rested and return only for the fifth Test in Manchester. Virat Kohli hasn’t had the best time with the bat in India’s ongoing tour of England. In three Tests, the skipper has only scored 124 runs at an average of 24.80, which is much lower than the bar he’s set at the biggest stage.