In the recent post-match press conference after India’s Test series win against England, England’s James Anderson made a comment which shows not only does he fail to grasp the reality about England’s shortfall in the recent Test series, but also proves that he is a sore loser who is not ready to give credit where it’s due.
Jimmy, in 2014 test series against India had taken Indian Test Captain Virat Kohli’s wicket 4 times, which had not only resulted in one of Kohli’s worst performance ever but also cast doubt over his career and his selection in the team.
Virat had averaged an abysmal 20.12 in the previous 9 test matches against England and had scored over 50 runs in just one match.
His temperament and technique in the previous series against England was ridiculed, and Jimmy and his teammates since then have always cherished the fact that they made a fool out of Kohli during that time.
But this time around things have changed and with revenge on his mind, Kohli has amassed a staggering 640 runs in the series at an average of 128.
He in the past four test matches has got two centuries and two half-centuries under his belt and still has one more match to go.
With the highest score of 235 runs in the series, he is also the leading run-scorer with 640 runs and the second highest scorer in the series Joe Root, is a staggering 243 runs behind him.
Talking about Kohli and his performance in the series Jimmy had recently made an odd and ungracious assessment, where he suggested that Kohli has not improved as a batsman.
“I’m not sure he’s changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he’s got aren’t in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation.”
Further, he went back to the year 2014, and pointed out that India doesn’t have similar pitches that help the bowlers and the fact take Kohli’s “flaws out of the equation”
“We had success against him in England, but the pace of the pitches over here just takes any flaws he has out of the equation. There’s not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England with a bit more movement.Pitches like this suit him down to the ground. When that’s not there, he’s very much suited to playing in these conditions.”
While Jimmy can surely point out the flaw in the pitches and “home conditions” to favour the Indians but is it not the case in every home series, including those in England?
Further, has Jimmy also failed to notice that the same Vizag pitch where whole the England team, and to an extent the Indian team struggled, Kohli not only held on to his wicket but also made 81 runs off 204 deliveries.
The very same Vizag pitch even had uneven bounce which gave the England bowling attack a lateral movement with the ball and made it a nightmare for the batsmen to bat.
While one can surely point out “the home conditions” aiding the team, but is it not a bit idiotic of Jimmy to question the exploits of a player like Kohli, who without a doubt has been the best batsman in the series so far?
While there’s no doubt that Kohli has struggled on the bowling-friendly tracks in England and got drawn into dangerous and impatient strokes to give his wicket up easily, but give the credit where it’s due Mr Anderson and make sure that you acknowledge the fact that Kohli has vastly improved as a batsman, especially looking at his performance since the England series back in 2014.