IND vs ENG 2nd Test: After first-ball duck, will Virat Kohli win battle against James Anderson?

IND vs ENG 2nd Test: After first-ball duck will Virat Kohli win battle against James Anderson?
IND vs ENG 2nd Test: After first-ball duck will Virat Kohli win battle against James Anderson?

IND vs ENG 2nd Test: After first-ball duck, will Virat Kohli win battle against James Anderson? – India captain Virat Kohli had to face criticism for his golden duck in the first innings of the first Test against England at Trent Bridge. The duck became more embarrassing for captain Kohli as it came against his arch-rival in Test cricket – James Anderson. This was the first time since 2014 that Kohli got out against Anderson.

In the 2014 tour of England, Virat failed miserably against Anderson while the Indian captain bounced back nicely in the 2nd tour in 2018 where he did not lose his wicket against Anderson. The first bout of the 2021 tour went in favour of the English veteran, now Kohli will look to bounce back at Lord’s. 

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IND vs ENG 2nd Test: Virat Kohli in 1st Test

IND vs ENG 2nd Test: Golden duck – India number three Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Virat Kohli were dismissed on back to back deliveries by James Anderson. Virat tried to defend a beautiful fourth stump ball but ends up edging it to the wicket-keeper, who takes a simple catch to hand India captain a golden duck. This dismissal was a replica of Virat Kohli’s wickets in the 2014 tour.

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IND vs ENG 2nd Test: Stats attack

James Anderson vs Virat Kohli in international cricket…

Test cricket

Balls faced: 566

Runs scored: 236

Dismissed: 6 times

Hit: 28 fours

S/r: 41.70

IND vs ENG 2nd Test: ODIs

Balls faced: 38

Runs scored: 26

Dismissed: 3 times

Hit: 2 fours

S/r: 68.42

IND vs ENG 2nd Test: Series by Series – Kohli vs Anderson

2011-2014: 131 balls – 42 runs – 5 dismissals

2015-2020: 434 balls – 194 runs- 0 dismissals

2021: 1 ball – 1 dismissal

Kohli century drought 

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IND vs ENG 2nd Test: However, Virat Kohli will aim to bounce back in the next Test at Lord’s where he will also look to end his century drought in international cricket. It has been 627 days and counting since India captain Virat Kohli last hit a century. But more than the century, his lean patch with the willow is becoming a huge worry for Team India.

IND vs ENG 2nd Test: Since his last century and during this nearly two-year period, Virat Kohli has had a massive dip in form considering his standards. Before the century against Bangladesh, he maintained an enviable average of 54.35 with 26 centuries. But since the Eden Gardens pink-ball Test, his form has gone downhill, managing three ducks in 15 innings apart from 3 single-digit scores.

James Anderson in 2021

On the other hand, England’s veteran pacer James Anderson has aged like wine, as he has picked 21 wickets in seven Tests at the age of 39 this year. The right-arm pacer has bowled in just 12 innings to take 21 wickets in 2021. He is averaging 21.19 and has a strike rate of 57.80 with a five-wicket haul in the year. 

Matches – 7

Innings – 12

Wickets – 21

Average – 21.19

SR – 57.80

The battle between two of the greatest cricketers in Test cricket – Virat Kohli and James Anderson – will continue in the 2nd Test at Lord’s and it will be interesting to see if Virat can bounce back and counter Anderson.