Senior England fast bowler James Anderson turned 39 on Friday (July 30). He is one of the most successful bowlers in the history of Test cricket. His ability to put the ball in the right place and swing to both sides makes him one of the most unplayable seams of the captivating game.
Anderson has so far taken 617 wickets in red ball cricket in 162 games. He is the third tallest wicketkeeper in the longest format and first among fast bowlers. The second-best wicket-taker is the former Australian speedster Glenn McGrath (563).
Anderson is also just three scalps away from surpassing India’s legend Anil Kumble to become the third highest wicketkeeper in Test cricket. He is expected to be able to jump Kumble in the upcoming Test series of five matches against India at home. The Test match between the two countries starts in the first week of August at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Before the epic series, the high quality battle between Anderson and the Indian captain will be directed Virat Kohli. The 2014 Indian tour in England was Kohli’s first visit to the United Kingdom (UK), which was a disaster. He managed to score only 134 runs in ten overs on a terrible average of 13.4. Kohli becomes Anderson’s bunny when he climbs out while facing the ‘Burnley Express’ four times.
On the next visit in 2018, however, Kohli turned the tables completely as he gave Anderson no chance and never got out of his bowling throughout the series. The Delhi boy finished the 5th match as the best run-scorer. He scored 593 runs from 10 overs on a brilliant average of 59.30.
The upcoming battle will be Anderson vs Kohli 3.0, but who will appear between the two this time? Well, former English spinner Graeme Swann has the answer.
Swann remembered how the Indian captain struggled in England in 2014, and Anderson got him out of the fun. Swann said Kohli started working on his technique again and dominated when he toured England in 2018. The 42-year-old supported Kohli to shine in the upcoming series, as according to him, Kohli can record runs anywhere in the world.
‘The thing with Virat Kohli is that the series absolutely dominated the last time he came here. And again, to put it bluntly, saying ‘Oh, Jimmy Anderson got his fun for fun’ … Jimmy Anderson ‘had him’ taken out ‘regularly for fun in England, and it was a embarrassment. “Virat Kohli is gone, working on his game to the extent that he did not reach out to Jimmy at all, and he dominated in England.” The Swann tells Sportskeeda.
“I’m sure he’s watching the videos and remembering his techniques against the English attack, and I’ll help Virat Kohli score runs at any time,” he added.