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James Anderson Opens Up On His Rivalry with Virat Kohli

James Anderson Opens Up On His Rivalry with Virat Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has successfully deciphered the code behind James Anderson’s bowling, especially in the longest format of the game.

Cricket news: Kohli tackled Anderson’s bowling beautifully in the Edgbaston Test

The 36-year-old English pacer had been Kohli’s nemesis in the past as he had previously dismissed the Indian skippers five times in 13 matches.

But this time it was not meant to be the same as the Delhi-born cricketer tackled the bowling of Anderson and made some stupendous knocks in the first Test at Edgbaston.

Virat scored 149 in the first innings and 51 in the second innings and looked to take his team home single-handedly, however he failed as his team lost the game by 31 runs.

Anderson took four wickets in the game but it did not include the prized wicket of Kohli. Recently the English pacer opened up on his rivalry with the Indian captain.

“There’s a fiercely competitive rivalry between myself and Virat Kohli — but also enormous mutual respect. Kohli is ranked the world’s No 1 Test batsman after scoring 200 runs in the first Test and I’m the top-ranked bowler. I guess that’s top-of-the-range stuff and I certainly loved the battle with him at Edgbaston.

“I felt good bowling to Virat and my plans worked well. I might have dismissed him a few times with some plays and misses plus a dropped catch. I’ve been told only 17 of his 149 runs in the first innings came off my bowling,” Anderson was quoted as saying in The Sun.

“The game was played in a good spirit and there’s a lot of respect both ways between myself and Virat. There was the odd smile when I bowled a good ball and the odd smile from him,” the Lancashire-born fast bowler added. “I gave him a couple of freebies on his legs that he clipped for four and he said something like ‘That’s not like you, giving me freebies!’ It was teasing, really, leg-pulling. All in good spirit.”

Despite Kohli’s brilliant performance, he did not get enough support from the other batsmen as England won the Test and went 1-0 up in the five-match Test series.

The visiting team needs to make a comeback and perform well in the second Test at Lord’s which is scheduled to begin from August 9.

Rakesh Rakshit

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77