Former Indian all-rounder, Irfan Pathan reckons that the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli would never be worried about facing someone like Mitchell Johnson, who has raw pace but he would always be in doubt while batting against James Anderson because the veteran English pacer is more likely to swing the ball.
When India toured England in 2014, Anderson had dismissed Kohli on four occasions and as result, the latter had only managed to score just 134 runs in his 10 innings. But Virat made a fiery comeback in 2018 as he finished the Test series as the top run-scorer with an impressive tally of 593 runs which he scored with the help of two centuries and three fifties to his name.
Pathan stated that no batsman likes to bat against the moving ball as it tests the technique of even the best in the business.
Describing the same in his column for Playfield Magazine, Irfan Pathan wrote: “You ask Virat Kohli, he will never worry about Mitchell Johnson bowling fast because he knows he can come in line, but he will always have doubts about James Anderson. No batsman in the world is comfortable when the ball is moving. The corridor of uncertainty, remember? It will remain open forever.”
He further added, “We have seen Rishabh Pant and Jos Buttler playing lap shots and reverse sweeps to Pat Cummins and Jofra Archer. Speed alone cannot guarantee success, because batsmen no longer fear pace. The equipment is so good and bats have become better, one touch and it’s out of the ground feeding off the pace of the ball. You need the skill to survive and trust me, swing is a great skill.”