At the start of India’s tour against England, Virat Kohli had said that it does not matter whether he scores runs or not as long as India wins. But England’s James Anderson felt otherwise and said that Indian captain is lying if he states that his individual form won’t be a factor in the upcoming five-Test series starting from August 1.
Recently, when Kohli was asked about his personal goals for the upcoming series against England, he has stated, “It doesn’t matter whether I get runs or don’t. What I want is the team to play well and win. You want to perform as an individual but I haven’t set any benchmarks or targets or come here to do certain things, which have to be special, just because the last tour here didn’t go well. That’s always my mindset for the time I have been captain.”
However, in response to Kohli’s statement, Englandpace header James Anderson, “It doesn’t matter if he gets runs or not? I think he is telling lies there. For India to win here, of course it matters. Virat will be desperate to score runs for his team, as you would expect from the captain and one of the best players in the world.”
The 35-year-old pacer has an outstanding record against Kohli, having dismissed him four times in six innings during the 2014 tour. Overall, in Tests, Anderson has dismissed Kohli five times going back to 2012. However, Anderson struggled during the 2016 tour of India with modest returns of four wickets in three Tests.