Ind vs Eng 4th Test: ‘I am not Anderson’s bunny, we respect each other’s skillset’, Kohli says

Ind vs Eng 4th Test: In every India vs England Test series in the last few years, in individual battles, Virat Kohli vs James Anderson has been highlighted. The English pacer dismissed the India skipper four times in just 50 balls during the 2014 series as people began speaking about Kohli’s weakness playing Anderson’s swing. But Kohli has hit back saying he is not anyone’s bunny, referring to Anderson.

In all, the active highest wicket-taker in Test cricket has dismissed Kohli eight times since 2012. But in the ongoing series with Anderson playing two Tests, he is yet to get his wicket. Instead, it has been Moeen Ali who got Kohli’s wicket twice. However, Kohli does not want to give importance to the battle.

“He has gotten quite closed to dismissing me a few times, a couple of catches were dropped, I could have been out to him in the last Test as well, but that does not make anyone someone’s bunny. These are quite one-sided conversations. It just becomes a conversation when I and Jimmy are against each other,” Kohli said.

However, Kohli agreed that he had to make special preparations to face him during the 2014 series. “Anderson is a world-class bowler, I probably would have thought about how to handle him in 2014, from then onwards, I have treated every bowler as someone who is running in, I always look to play the ball, not the bowler,” Kohli said.

Instead, Kohli said both have a lot of respect for each other’s skillset. “We have a lot of respect for each other’s skillsets, he is one of the best bowlers going around, you have to be at the top of your game when facing him. He hasn’t dismissed me in the last few games, but that does not make him any less of a potent bowler,” he added.

On a personal front, Kohli has not scored a Test century since 2019, against Bangladesh in Kolkata. Since then, he has scored three half-centuries but is yet to reach three-figures in the last 11 innings. But Kohli said he is not desperate to score a century.

“I am not in any haste or desperation because I understand where I stand as a batsman and what my responsibility in the team is. People look at milestones, if the team does not do well, then they look at captaincy,” he said.

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