'An Outpouring Of Emotions To Get The Team Back In The Game' : James Anderson On Celebrating After Getting Virat Kohli's Wicket

Updated - 06 Aug 2021, 06:30 PM

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James Anderson. (Credits: Twitter)

England veteran seamer James Anderson won the first of the many battles in the ongoing Test series against Indian captain Virat Kohli. James Anderson stunned the Indian fans by dismissing Virat Kohli for a golden duck on day two of the first Test in Nottingham. The 39-year old opened up on his animated celebration after getting the better of the visiting skipper.

James Anderson turned things England’s way post lunch as India motored along well enough, losing one wicket and trailing by 86 runs. But the right-arm seamer delivered two significant and successive blows for the hosts. Anderson got rid of Cheteshwar Pujara cheaply in the second ball of the 40th over, followed by removing Kohli in the very next ball.

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James Anderson underlined that Virat Kohli is a massive wicket and was delighted to see the plan worked against him. The Lancashire seamer revealed that the celebrations were all about the feeling of getting his team back in the game. Anderson admitted that getting the wicket of the opposition’s best player hardly happens early.

“He’s such a big wicket. To bowl the ball exactly where I wanted it to and for him to nick it as well. It was just an outpouring of emotions to get the team back into the game. Getting their best player out is something that doesn’t happen all that often,” Anderson said after the second day’s play.

Getting Kohli out that early was quite unusual: James Anderson

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

James Anderson, who levelled Anil Kumble’s tally of 619 scalps with Kohli’s wicket, further stated he has often challenged the batsman in that area and had some success. But the veteran revealed it was one of those few occasions when Kohli nicked the ball early; thus, it was unusual.

“I feel like I’ve challenged Virat in that area before. He either played or missed or left it. He’s always been good enough to sort of get through and today it was just one of those days where he nicked it. Getting Kohli out that early was quite unusual,” he added.

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