One of the most heated rivalries in Test cricket is that between Virat Kohli and James Anderson. Anderson is England’s most successful pacer, whereas Kohli is India’s most successful batsman. Many pundits projected that Indian skippers would dominate the English pacer before the series began, but the exact opposite happened this time.
After a seven-year wait, James Anderson finally got Indian captain Virat Kohli’s wicket. Meanwhile, Anderson has already dismissed Kohli twice in three games of the five-match Test series between England and India. In the first match of the series, he dismissed the Indian captain with a first-ball duck. Meanwhile, James Anderson dismissed Leeds Test Kohli for a score of 7 at Headingley.
James Anderson has crushed Virat Kohli thus far, and he’ll be hoping to keep it up in the final two games of the series. After dismissing Kohli in the Leeds Test, James Anderson’s exuberant celebration became a major topic of controversy. The cause for his celebration was explained by the 39-year-old in his Telegraph column. He expressed himself as follows:
“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,”
The best-of-five series is now tied at 1-1. Meanwhile, the fourth Test of the series between India and England will begin on September 2 at Kennington Oval in London.