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‘It is always good to get a world-class player out’ – Anderson on dismissing Virat Kohli

By BetBarter Staff

August 6, 2021

The epic rivalry between England’s James Anderson and India’s Virat Kohli resumed on day two of the first Test match at Trent Bridge. What was anticipated to be a riveting contest between the swing King and the modern-day best batter turned to be a drab affair with Anderson dismissing Kohli for a golden duck.

It was an absolute peach of a delivery from veteran Anderson, who kept the ball on the of-stump channel and drew Kohli forward, to get the Indian skipper caught behind. Speaking about the same after the post-day play, Anderson said he was not focusing on individual battle with Virat Kohli and was keen to get England back in the game.

“I try not to focus too much on that (on his battle with Virat Kohli). I think it is important we as bowlers do what we do best in our strength. I was trying to swing the ball away from the two openers and get that edge. After that, I was trying to attack the stumps and bowl a tad straighter. You have to keep individual battles out of it,” said Anderson to Times Now.

Before Kohli’s wicket Anderson also managed to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara but it was the wicket of the Indian skipper which made the right-arm bowler  leap in joy and let out a roar. When asked about the celebration, the pacer replied by saying:

“Yeah, well, it is right up there (Kohli’s wicket). It is always good to get a world-class player out, and he is certainly one of the best. Some emotion there, celebration after getting him out. But yeah, it was such a big wicket, and to bowl the ball right where I wanted to and, for him to nick it, the emotion came out. Getting the team back in the match and getting their best player out, that’s why the emotion came out.”