James Anderson calls an Indian batsman the quickest between wickets

Team India is playing England in the 2nd ODI at Lord's

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India’s tour of England is underway and the Men in Blue are currently playing the ODI series as they started things with the limited-overs format. The Indian team has abundant time to get used to the conditions, acclimatization this time around isn’t as big a challenge as England is in the middle of one of their hottest summers. James Anderson is currently resting ahead of the Test assignment and is on the BBC panel expressing his views.

Anderson must be watching all the Indian batsmen with a keen eye as he will be running in at them with the red cherry in hand as they face off in a five-match Test series starting August. One man he will want to dissect right away is Indian captain Virat Kohli. Coming back from an injury Kohli hasn’t looked his fluent or say consistent best just yet but he’s slowly and gradually getting there.

He had a quiet T20I series but in the first ODI, he scored 75, that half century effort was still unconvincing as he got out to Adil Rashid. Kohli was out stumped, which was the first time in 7 years. Today again he walked out to bat in an important situation after Rohit Sharma was dismissed early. Shikhar Dhawan didn’t last long and KL Rahul failed at No.4, he now had Suresh Raina for company and runs weren’t quite coming in easy.

Anderson impressed by his running between the wickets

When the going gets tough, Kohli loves to push the opposition with his running between the wickets. He played himself in but was dismissed on 45 today but an important fragment of his knock was the number of singles he churned out. He got 27 of those runs in singles and that impressed Anderson.

While talking on BBC Test match special the highest wicket-taker for England in Tests called Kohli one of the fastest between the wickets and said that he seems to be able to get singles out of nowhere.

“Kohli just seems to be able to find one all the time, there are very rarely dot balls. He is one of the quickest in the world between the wickets,” Jimmy said.

The match is in a delicate position at the moment and with 5 wickets down it is advantage England as the require rate is creeping up and India don’t really have a long batting lineup.

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