The English fast bowler, James Anderson reckons that the hosts have the bowling attack to dismiss the Indian skipper Virat Kohli and achieve a stunning win in the first Test at Edgbaston as “no one is invincible in world cricket”. Kohli will begin Saturday’s fourth day on 43 not out in a total of 110 for five, with India needing a further 84 runs to reach their victory target of 194.
Talking about Kohli further, James said, “We’ll go to bed dreaming about getting Kohli out first thing.”
In the first innings, Virat’s magnificent 149 earlier in this match, his maiden Test century in England, meant India were only 13 runs behind in the first innings when it looked as if they had conceded a lead of more than 100 runs. His century was also notable for the way he shepherded the tail.
During the post-day press-conference, an optimistic Anderson told reporters, “No one is invincible in world cricket. We can get him (Kohli) out. If we recover well tonight and come back fresh in the morning, we know it’s going to be 25-30 overs max one way or the other –- so we can give it all we can.”
Praising Virat for his ability to bat with the tail, Jimmy said, “If he (Kohli) bats like he did first innings … even batting with the tail, it was so hard to keep them on strike, have six balls at them. He just managed to find the gap, or get down the other end –- the way he batted with the tail was brilliant. We need five wickets, simple as that, fairly quickly –- otherwise, they’ll get the runs.”
However, the match situation could’ve been totally different in the first of this five-Test series, if Kohli had not been dropped in the slips by Dawid Malan on 21 and 51 en route to his century in the first innings.
Talking about the drop, Anderson said, “It’s an area where we’ve struggled for two years now. You can’t drop Virat Kohli on 21, because he’s one of the best players in the world, and he’ll capitalise on that –- which he did. All we can do is work extremely hard at it, and hope to improve.”