‘This summer was probably my favourite contest with Virat Kohli’ : James Anderson
Recently concluded Test series between England and India delivered riveting contests. India took an early lead in the series before England came back to win the third Test. India then defeated England in the fourth Test to go 2-1 up. One of the highlights of the series was the battle between India skipper Virat Kohli and England pacer James Anderson. James Anderson has a great record against Kohli but the Indian skipper had kept the veteran seamer at bay in the last two series. However, Anderson was all over a struggling Kohli in the series and dismissed him twice. Speaking about his battle with Kohli, Anderson rated it as his best ever with the Indian skipper.
“This summer was probably my favourite contest with Virat. We’ve had a few good battles over the years, both in England and India, but this year has certainly my favourite,” Anderson told Fox Cricket’s Road to the Ashes podcast. “I got him out a few times but also he got some runs as well, and we had a battle on the field where there was definitely mutual respect. It was in a nice manner.
There were few heated exchanges between the players throughout the series. Words were exchanged between Virat Kohli and James Anderson as well. Speaking about the same, Anderson played down the buzz and said it was well spirited and was only on the field, adding that players have a great amount of respect for each other. “Obviously, we were going against each other, but it was in a well-spirited way. So I really enjoyed that,” he added.
Anderson now sets his sight on the Ashes. The veteran seamer said he is eyeing the wicket of Australia’s ace – Steve Smith. “As a bowler, you always look at the best player, and for me over the last three, four or five years, Steve Smith’s been Australia’s best player,” he said.
“He’s been the one they rely on for their volume of runs, obviously supported by guys around him like David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne recently. But he’s been their go-to in the last few years, so he’ll be the one that we will be keen to get out early,” he added.