James Anderson, the England speedstar, said that Virat Kohli, the India skipper, is ‘lying’ if he believes his own form wouldn’t matter much to him “as long as India wins”.
The 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.
Prior to the England tour, when asked about his own goals, Kohli had said: “It doesn’t matter whether I get runs or don’t. What I want is the team to play well and win.”
Four 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.
Anderson 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.