It’s been a long time since we observe Virat Kohli scoring a century. Virat Kohli will make his way to England for the upcoming tour, hoping to repeat his 2018 success. let’s discuss on Why Virat Kohli Will Always Have Doubts while facing James Anderson.
Why Virat Kohli Will Always Have Doubts while facing James Anderson
With Swing bowling being the forte of England, former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan said a batsman like Virat Kohli will never worry about facing someone like Mitchell Johnson, who has raw pace but the India captain will have double thoughts on facing James Anderson, simply because the pacer is a more likely to swing the ball. England conditions have always favored swing bowlers and James Anderson enjoys bowling in the countryside.
“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,” Pathan said.
Looking at the stats, Kohli’s career in 2014 was a nightmare when India toured England. Anderson was the one who troubled him with the moving ball, and Kohli was unable to read the ball for the duration of the tour. On the same year of 2014, Kohli went on to score four centuries in a tour of Australia featuring Mitchell Johnson.
Irfan Pathan later explained how speed alone cannot guarantee success for the bowlers. Due to better equipment, players no longer fear the fast bowls anymore.
“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 skill to survive, and trust me, swing is a great skill,” Pathan said.