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Virat Kohli will always be in doubt facing James Anderson: Irfan Pathan

By Bet Barter

June 11, 2021

Former India fast bowler Irfan Pathan believes Virat Kohli will still be in doubt facing James Anderson in the forthcoming Test series. In 2014, when India toured England, Anderson was Virat Kohli's nemesis. The right-arm seamer dismissed Virat Kohli on four occasions. During that series, Kohli could only score 134 runs in his 10 innings. However, the Indian skipper bounced as an altogether different batsman in 2018. Kohli finished the Test series as the top run-scorer with an impressive 593-run tally. This also included two centuries and three half-centuries.

Talking about James Anderson, the right-arm pacer was also the first fast bowler to reach the landmark of 600 Test wickets. James Anderson has played in 161 Test matches for England and has 616 wickets to his name to date. The experienced bowler has played several match-winning spells for his country. The fast bowler also has 30 five-wicket hauls and three 10-wicket hauls in red-ball cricket for England. At 38 years of age, Anderson also became the oldest player to scalp a five-wicket haul in Asia.

It won't be easy to constantly score against such conditions: Irfan Pathan

After three years, Virat Kohli will once again face England seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Although Irfan Pathan praised Kohli's efforts with the bat during the 2018 series, he also stated that it would be difficult to constantly score against such conditions. 

The Men in Blue will have an extended tour of England ahead of them which will begin with the WTC final starting June 18. After WTC, Virat Kohli and Co. will then take on England in the 5-match Test series. The five-match series against England in their home ground begins on August 4. The opening Test of the series is going to be held at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Surprisingly, India defeated England at the same venue when they last met back in the year 2018. The Lord's, Headingley, Kennington Oval, and Old Trafford are the venues for the remaining four matches of the Test series. 

Meanwhile, team India has completed their mandatory quarantine and has hit the ground ahead of the marquee event. On Wednesday, Virat Kohli took to Instagram to share a picture with teammates Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill. New Zealand is likely to join the WTC final bio-bubble after finishing the two-match Test series against England.

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