England pacer James Anderson has opened about his ‘fierce but respectful’ rivalry with Indian skipper Virat Kohli ahead of the second Test of the ongoing five-match series to be played at Lord’s from August 9. Also Read - IPL 2020: Learnt a Lot From Virat Kohli, Says RCB Opener Devdutt Padikkal
“There’s a fiercely competitive rivalry between myself and Virat Kohli — but also enormous mutual respect,” Anderson was quoted as saying by The Sun. Also Read - IPL 2020: Virat Kohli Heaps Praise on 'Game Changer' Yuzvendra Chahal After Spinner's Match-winning Spell vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai
“Kohli is ranked the world’s No 1 Test batsman after scoring 200 runs in the First Test and I’m the top-ranked bowler. I guess that’s top-of-the-range stuff and I certainly loved the battle with him at Edgbaston,” he added. Also Read - IPL 2020 Report: Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal Star as Royal Challengers Bangalore Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 Runs to Start Campaign With a Win
Anderson had earlier said that Kohli is not “invincible” and poor slip fielding from his team-mates allowed the Indian skipper to get off the hook in the first innings of the Edgbaston Test.
It was an engrossing duel between Test cricket’s second most successful pacer, Anderson and Kohli on the second day of the Test match when the Indian skipper was dropped twice off the bowler on 21 and 51 by Dawid Malan. Kohli went on to score 149 and again scored 51 in the second innings of the Test match which India lost by 31 runs.
Kohli, who scored 200 runs in the Edgbaston Test and gave his team of securing their first Test win in Birmingham, was, however, able to score only 17 runs off the Lancashire bowler after their renewed their engrossing battle from 2014.
“I felt good bowling to Virat and my plans worked well. I might have dismissed him a few times with some plays and misses plus a dropped catch. I’ve been told only 17 of his 149 runs in the first innings came off my bowling,” he said.
Anderson, who has nipped Kohli out five times in 13 matches, further said that the fact that he didn’t get the Indian skipper out in the opening Test makes him even more determined to be on top form in Lord’s Test.
“I’ll look at some videos to see if I can do anything different. But, generally, I think all our bowlers were good against Kohli,” the 36-year-old said.