Season 3 of a high-profile cricket rivalry started today , rivalry between the best vs best i.e Kohli vs Anderson. Back in 2014, Anderson dismissed Kohli for fun , where Kohli managed to add just 134 runs in 10 innings and getting dismissed by Anderson 4 times.
Kohli spoke about how his mind bled during and after the tour. “I have gone through a phase in my career where it was the end of the world. I just didn’t know what to do, what to say to anyone, how to speak, how to communicate.”
But kohli being a kohli , fought as the lone ranger, didn’t buckle under pressure and returned strong. Four years later, in England, he scored 593 runs in five Tests, including two hundreds and three half-centuries. It also restored parity in the battle of the two greats. This time Indian skipper was all over the Anderson and Anderson failed to get his counter part even once.
One-all after ‘two seasons’ in one of the game’s most mouth-watering contests, and Season 3 starts on a greenish Trent Bridge pitch. The man from Burnley, England’s most successful Test bowler with 617 wickets, is excited about reigniting the contest. “Excited to playing against him again. You always want to challenge yourself against the best in the world and he certainly is that. As a batsman and captain, he has a huge influence on his team. So, it’s always a big wicket. It’s going to be a big challenge,” Anderson said at the pre-match press conference.
The India captain kept it short when asked about his approach against Anderson for the series. “I will just bat. Questions will definitely come but we have studied enough.
Kohli vs Anderson in 2014
Balls faced : 50
out : 4 times
Kohli vs Anderson in 2018
Balls faced : 270
Out : 0