It doesn’t matter if he gets runs or not? I think Kohli is lying: James Anderson

It doesn’t matter if he gets runs or not? I think Kohli is lying: James Anderson

He also mentioned that the focus wouldn't only be between Kohli and him but the other bowlers as well

Virat Kohli
Captain Virat Kohli of India. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The preparations for the Test series between India and England are in full swing. While India plays a practice game at Chelmsford against Essex, the English cricketers have been participating in the County Championship. As both teams work hard ahead of the first Test, the banter too has already started between players from both the teams.

Earlier, Indian skipper Virat Kohli had stated that it didn’t matter if he scored runs or not as long as the team won. England pacer James Anderson laughed off in an interview responding to the opposition captain’s claims. Interestingly, Anderson made Kohli his bunny during the previous tour in 2014 where he dismissed him four times.

I think Virat Kohli is lying here

One of the most awaited aspects of this series is watching Anderson bowl Kohli. Hence, the recent statement by Anderson is bound to add more excitement into their contest. The England pacer remarked that Kohli was lying that his performance doesn’t matter. He felt that being the skipper, he would be desperate to score runs.

“It doesn’t matter if he gets runs or not? I think he is telling lies there. For India to win here, of course, it matters. Virat will be desperate to score runs for his team, as you would expect from the captain and one of the best players in the world.” Anderson was quoted as saying by Cricket Country.

Virat Kohli must have learned his lessons from the last series

The Indian captain had a horrible tour in England previously. His batting average was a poor 13.40 in ten innings. Anderson feels that Kohli has surely learned his lessons and would be raring to get going in the series. He also mentioned that the focus wouldn’t only be between Kohli and him but the other bowlers as well.

“Today, cricketers learn from not only watching match footage but also from past experiences. So I would expect a batsman of Kohli’s quality to have learned from that last series here. I am sure he is practicing hard at certain aspects of his game and that will make the battle between him and not just myself, but him and the rest of our bowlers, a really exciting one.”

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