James Anderson Dismissed Indian Batsmen
England seamer James Anderson, who has dismissed Indian captain Virat Kohli twice in the ongoing series, admitted that his celebrations when he claimed the Indian captain’s wicket in the first innings of the third Test at Headingley were emotional.
Anderson Dismiss Indian Batsmen
Anderson, England’s highest wicket-taker in Tests, dismissed three top-order Indian batsmen in a fiery spell in the third Test, in which India was dismissed for just 78 runs in the first innings. Kohli swore at Anderson during the second Test, indicating that they don’t get along. Jasprit Bumrah had put Anderson’s batting skills to the test earlier in the match with a barrage of bouncers.
Anderson wrote in his Telegraph column,
“There was a lot of emotion in Leeds when I got Kohli out in the first innings. The situation was the same as it had been at Trent Bridge. I suppose he has that extra something because he is such a good player and also their captain. You can see how much it means to him when his team gets a wicket, so I want to show him how much it means to us when he is bowled out.”
Anderson set up England’s innings win in the Headingley Test by dismissing in-form opener KL Rahul, Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara for just six runs in the first innings. India batted better in the second innings, with Kohli scoring 55, his first half-century of the series, but England won thanks to fast bowler Ollie Robinson’s five-wicket haul.
“The ultimate goal is to bowl in a partnership, and India’s second innings at Headingley provided a good example of us working together. Virat Kohli left ten for the first 12 balls I bowled at him. Joe Root had asked me to try to get him to play a little more. ‘I don’t want him to take off on a tangent,’ I was thinking “Anderson penned the piece.