Former Indian pace bowler Zaheer Khan said that fans might get to see the battle between James Anderson and Virat Kohli one more time in international cricket during the upcoming Test in Birmingham. Anderson has recently played in the three-match Test series against New Zealand at home where he picked up 11 scalps in two Tests before being rested for the third match as well.
While speaking about this, Zaheer Khan has said during a discussion on Cricbuzz: “The more you watch this battle, the more you enjoy it. But yes, I feel we might be seeing this battle for the last time. Anderson is not playing many matches these days and he seems quite close to retirement. There might be a big gap after this when it comes to the next India-England Test series.”
Zaheer Khan again added: “It should be exciting without a doubt. During the previous series, we witnessed Anderson moving the ball rather impressively. He will pose problems for the batters for sure. Virat Kohli might also be troubled a bit. After all, it is never easy against Anderson and it will be a good challenge for Kohli.”
Virat Kohli has played 681 deliveries off James Anderson in the longer format and scored 297 runs while being dismissed seven times by the veteran as well. Recently, he did well in the four-day warm-up match against Leicestershire in Leicester, scoring 33 and 67 respectively.
Zaheer Khan concluded: “Whether or not a player needs a break depends on the cricketer himself. There is no set formula. It is not as if you should take a break if you’re in bad form or that you will come back to form if you practice a lot. It’s up to the individual to decide.”