ENG vs IND: James Anderson gets the better of Virat Kohli on the very first ball

Virat Kohli was expected to fetch big numbers in his innings.

Virat Kohli and James Anderson
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India was up against England on day two of the first Test of the series where they were going all strong on day one. However, things started changing swiftly on day two after India started losing wickets from a certain point in time. The story between English ace pacer James Anderson and Indian skipper Virat Kohli is long known and a glimpse of it came on the fore on the second day of the opening Test too.

Anderson went on to have the upper hand on Kohli again this time when he stunned the batsman on the very first ball of his innings. The pacer was already oozing with confidence by dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara just before that and caught Kohli on the next ball itself. Kohli nicked Anderson’s delivery to Jos Buttler and left the pitch after producing a golden duck.

Here is how Anderson trapped Virat Kohli yet again

It has to be noted that the Kohli-Anderson saga became much talked about in India’s tour to England back in 2014 when the skipper struggled big-time against him. The fear of Anderson was so high that Kohli opened up on facing mental health issues after his series of failures against him. However, tables turned in 2018 when Kohli collected 593 runs across five Tests without even once getting dismissed to him.

During the current series, an exciting affair was on cards as both the legends came up once again to face each other but the pacer went away with ultimate glory. Anderson also opened up on this high-profile clash before the series and added that he is quite excited to face one of the best batsmen again.

“He always wants to play big against the bowlers and it’s great to face that challenge. I know he has a big influence on the team, both as a captain and as a batsman. Really excited for the face-off and challenge against one of the best in the world and I don’t mind if I take his wicket or somebody else does. Excited for the face-off,” said Anderson in the presser ahead of the five-match Test series against India.on