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James Anderson’s Shocking Admission: ‘England Fans Relieved at Virat Kohli’s Absence in 5th Test’ – Find Out Why!

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James Anderson, the iconic cricket player from England, voiced his sadness at not being able to play against Virat Kohli during the most recent five-match Test series against India. Kohli was absent because of the birth of his second child. On February 15, Kohli and his spouse, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, welcomed a newborn boy into their family, giving their daughter Vamika a brother.

Recognizing Kohli’s stature as a formidable opponent, Anderson, who is well-known for his intense on-field battles with Kohli, acknowledged that the English fans and squad may have felt relieved when Kohli was not in the starting lineup. “As a competitor, you always want to play against the greatest. The series suffered a serious defeat with Kohli out of the picture. In an interview with Jio Cinema, Anderson said, “We’ve had some memorable battles, and facing a player of his caliber is always a test of your skills.”

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Thinking back to previous meetings, especially the 2014 India tour of England, Anderson had clearly unsettled Kohli, who struggled with a series average of just 13.50. But in the 2018 series, Kohli recovered magnificently to become the game’s top run scorer and cemented his status as a dominant player.

Even without Kohli, the Indian side proved to have depth, as demonstrated by the exploits of young players like Yashasvi Jaiswal and seasoned players like Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, and Dhruv Jurel, who helped the team win the series following a defeat in the opening Test.

Anderson also praised India’s bowling ability, highlighting Jasprit Bumrah’s contribution to winning the series. He noted that Bumrah’s consistency and deadly yorkers were important contributors to his success, and he lauded Bumrah’s ability to execute reverse swing. Anderson compared the influence of former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan, from whom he took personal inspiration, to that of Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, highlighting the potency of India’s pace batteries.

The final Test at Dharamsala on March 7 will conclude the series, and Anderson’s thoughts provide insight into the competitiveness and respect that characterize elite cricket.

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Daniel Müller
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Daniel Müller writing is characterized by his ability to weave together the technical nuances of cricket with the emotional rollercoaster experienced by players and fans. readers a blend of match analyses, player profiles, and stories that highlight the cultural impact of cricket in India.

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